Manastro Journal for April
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In the Sky for the next few weeks:-
1st Quarter on the 20th
Full Moon on 27th
3rd Quarter on the 4th
New Moon on 12th
On the 27th the full moon will be 'Super', that is it
will be at perigree (closed approach to Earth)
Planet(s) of the month: Mercury
Diameter: 4879 km 0.3825 Earths
Mass: 0.05527 Earths
Density: 5.45 g/cc (water=1)
Gravity: 0.378 G
Rotation Period: 58.65 days 58d 15h 30m Rotation Period: 1.03 days = 1d 00h 37m 23s
Mercury is the smallest and innermost planet in the Solar System. Its orbit around the Sun takes only 87.97 days, the shortest of all the planets in the Solar System. It is named after the Roman deity Mercury, the messenger of the gods.
Mercury will be at Superior conjunction on 10 April, re-emerging into a good evening position. Near Venus at the end of the month.
Constellation of the Month: Leo (shown 15th
Leo constellation lies in the northern sky. It is one of the zodiac constellations and one of the largest constellations in the sky.
Leo represents the lion and is usually associated with the Nemean lion in Greek mythology. Its symbol is ♌. The constellation was first catalogued by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the 2nd century, along with all the other constellations of the zodiac.
Leo constellation is home to the bright stars Regulus and Denebola, the nearby star Wolf 359, and to a number of famous deep sky objects, among them galaxies Messier 65, Messier 66, Messier 95, Messier 96, Messier 105, and NGC 3628.
Leo is the 12th largest constellation in size, occupying an area of 947 square degrees. It is located in the second quadrant of the northern hemisphere (NQ2) and can be seen at latitudes between +90° and -65°. The neighboring constellations are Cancer, Coma Berenices, Crater, Hydra, Leo Minor, Lynx, Sextans, Ursa Major and Virgo.
M65, M66 & NGC3628 © Phil Swift
Lyrids. Apr 16 - Apr 25 (Peak Apr 22), ZHR 18
π-Puppids. Apr 15 - Apr 28 (Peak Apr 22), ZHR variable
η-Aquariids. Apr 19 - May 28 (Peak May 05), ZHR 40
MAS Society & MAS Facebook members' recent images
Here is a selection of some of the recent images from our members
Eskimo Nebula © Bob Stuart - 07/03/21
IC443 Jellyfish Nebula © Phil Swift - 18/03/21
Leo Triplet © Clives Astro Photos - 08/03/21
M42 © Dave Garside - 08/03/21
M101 © Paul Richardson - 17/03/21