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Sky Chart For The Month of April, 2019


ASTRONOMICAL BULLETIN FOR APRIL 2019

The Moon

New Moon occurs on 5th at h 14-20 I.S.T.

First Quarter occurs on 13th at h. 00-36 I.S.T.

Full Moon occurs on 19that h. 16-42 I.S.T.

Last Quarter occurs on 27th at h. 03-48 I.S.T.

The Lunar Crescent becomes first visible after the New Moon day in the evening of 6th.

The Moon is at Apogee or farthest from the Earth on 1st and 28thand at Perigee or nearest to the Earth on 17th.

The Moon passes about 2½º south of Venus on 2nd, about 3½º south of Neptune in the early hours of 3rd, about 3½º south of Mercury in the early hours of 3rd, about 5º south of Uranus in the evening of 6th, about 4½º south of Mars on 9th, about 1½º north of Jupiter on 23rd, about ½º south of Saturn on 25th and about 3½° south of Neptune on 30th.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

The Planets

Visibility of Planets :

Mercury: The planet rises about 1 hour before sunrise throughout the month. The planet is at aphelion or farthest from the Sun in its orbit on 10th.  It is in Greatest Western Elongation of about 28º from the Sun on 12th.

Venus: The planet rises about 1½ hours before sunrise throughout the month. The planet is at aphelion or farthest from the Sun in its orbit on 18th.

MarsThe planet sets about 2½ hours to 3 hours before local midnight throughout the month.

Jupiter: The planet rises about 1 hour to 1½ hours before local midnight upto first quarter of the month, about 1½ hours to 2 hours before it upto second quarter of the month and about 2 hours to 3 hours before it for the remaining days of the month. Its motion becomes Retrograde with respect to the Earth from 10th.

Saturn: The planet rises about 1 hour to ½ hour after local midnight upto first quarter of the month, about ½ hour after local midnight to close to it upto second quarter of the month, from close to local midnight time to ½ hour before it upto third quarter of the month and about ½ hour to 1 hour before it for the remaining days of the month.The planet is in Quadrature with respect to the Sun on 10th. Its motion becomes Retrograde with respect to the Earth from 30th.

Uranus: The planet sets about 1½ hours to 1 hour after sunset upto first quarter of the month Thereafter it is too close to the Sun to be visible for the remaining days of the month, being in Conjunction with the Sun on 23rd.

Neptune: The planet rises about 1 hour to 1½ hours before sunrise upto first quarter of the month, about 1½ hours to 2 hours before it upto second quarter of the month and about 2 hours to 2½ hours before it for the remaining days of the month.

 

Conjunction of Planet :

Mercury passes about ½° north of Neptune on 3rd.

Venus passes about ½° south of Neptune on 10th.

Mars passes about 6½° north of Aldebaran(Rohini) on 17th.

 

Planets

Planets in Zodiacal Constellation

Magnitude

Mercury (Budha)

Moves from Aquarius (Kumbha) to Pisces (Mina) on 12th.

+1.0 to 0.0

0.0 to -0.3

Venus (Sukra)

        Moves from Aquarius (Kumbha) to Pisces (Mina) on 16th.

-3.9 to -3.8

Mars (Mangal)

 Remains in Taurus (Vrisha).

         +1.4 to +1.6

Jupiter (Brihaspati)

        Remains in Sagittarius (Dhanus).

-2.2 to -2.4

Saturn (Sani)

        Remains in Sagittarius (Dhanus).

 +0.6 to +0.5

Uranus

Remains in Aries (Mesha).

 +6.0

Neptune

Remains in Aquarius (Kumbha).

 +8.0

Source : : Director

Positional Astronomy Centre

India Meteorological Department

Salt Lake, Kolkata - 700 091