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Night Sky Guide – April 2023

Welcome to our monthly guide to the night sky! We are posting a monthly list of astronomical activities to keep an eye out for in the night sky. 

Thursday 6th April  – Full moon at 5.34 am.

The moon, or supermoon, is seen as it sets over Washington on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth. Early Monday morning, the moon was the closest it has been to Earth since 1948 and it appeared 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger than the average monthly full moon. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Sunday 16th April – In the early morning the Moon and Saturn will be seen together. Saturn will lie directly above the present Moon.

Thursday 20th April – There will be a solar eclipse visible in Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Unfortunately nothing of this eclipse will be visible from Ireland.

Saturday 22nd April – Thin crescent Moon will be seen to the lower right of Venus.

Night of 22nd/23rd April – Peak of the Lyrid meteor shower. The meteors will appear to originate from the Lyra constellation (below). This meteor shower is a result of the Comet Thatcher burning up in our atmosphere.

Artwork Credit: Sadhbh Leahy.

Tuesday 25th April – Moon and Mars in close proximity in the west.

Written by the Public Engagement Officer at DIAS Dunsink Observatory, Sadhbh Leahy.