Events for April 2014

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for April 2014. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours. To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in Definitions.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for April 2014
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        (h:m)

Apr 01  02:30  Moon at Descending Node 
    02  07     Uranus-Sun Conjunction 
    07  08:31  MOON AT FIRST QUARTER 
    08  14:52  Moon at Apogee: 404503 km
    08  20     Mars at Opposition 
    14  18:24  Mars 3.5°N of Moon
    15  07:42  FULL MOON 
    15  07:47  Total Lunar Eclipse; mag=1.296
    15  13:22  Moon at Ascending Node 
    17  07:42  Saturn 0.4°N of Moon: Occn.
    22  07:52  MOON AT LAST QUARTER 
    23  00:27  Moon at Perigee: 369765 km
    25  23:16  Venus 4.4°S of Moon
    26  03     Mercury at Superior Conjunction 
    28  11:36  Moon at Descending Node 
    29  06:04  Non-Central Annular Solar Eclipse; mag=0.982
    29  06:14  NEW MOON 

As the events above transpire, I will post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

The highlight of the month is the Total Lunar Eclipse of April 15. You’ll find complete details, diagrams and maps at this link.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for five time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Eastern Standard Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Central Standard Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Mountain Standard Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Pacific Standard Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

For additional years and time zones, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

The sky events tables were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak