Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Venus, Mars and the Crescent Moon, April 22-23.
On Wednesday April 22 and Thursday April 23 the crescent Moon is near the pairing of Venus and Mars. This will look very nice indeed, especially on the 23rd, when the very thin crescent Moon is just under the very thin crescent Venus.
Unlike North America, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and South-East Asia don't see the Moon pass in front of Venus (although if you are in South America, you will see Venus spectacularly close to the Moon), but the triangle Venus forms with the Moon and Mars is pretty nice (in Africa its better on the 22nd than on the 23rd.
The Lyrid meteor shower peaks on the 23rd. The Lyrids produce a small number of meteors, and in the Southern hemisphere, the radiant is pretty close to the horizon (near the bright, blue white star Vega, almost due north), so rates will be lower still from our point of view, but if you are up and observing, there may well be the occasional meteor to enliven the morning sky. As well, you can watch for satellites. and look at Jupiter's moons through binoculars.
A fairly good way to spend the morning overall.
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