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USPS Star Calendar for 22-28 April 15 April 2012

Posted by amedalen in April 2012.
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22 Apr    With a clear view of the western horizon at dusk, you can glimpse magnitude -2.0 Jupiter less than 2 finger-widths below the thin waxing crescent moon. Jupiter sets about an hour after the sun. Less than 5 percent illuminated, the moon is at apogee, 63.72 Earth-radii (406,000 kilometers) away.

23 Apr    The Pleiades Cluster is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper right tonight.

24 Apr    Low in the west at sunset, magnitude -4.5 Venus is 3 finger-widths to the waxing crescent moon’s upper right, magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran is the same distance below the moon, and Orion is close to the moon’s left. Less than 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

25 Apr    Venus is 1 fist-width to the moon’s right at dusk. The pair slips below the western horizon at midnight.

27 Apr    High in the south at sunset, the moon is between the Gemini Twins, Pollux and Castor, 1 fist-width to the upper right and magnitude 0.5 Procyon, the same distance to the lower left.

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