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USPS Star Calendar for 28 April-4 May 21 April 2013

Posted by amedalen in April 2013, May 2013.
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28 Apr    Before first light, look for Antares 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right low in the southwest. Only three days past full, the moon is more than 90 percent illuminated.

1 May    May Day, related to the Celtic festival Beltane, features bonfires and maypoles.

2 May    Low in the southeast before dawn, the last-quarter moon is 2½ fist-widths below or to the lower left of bright magnitude 0.9 Altair.

4 May    Get out and enjoy the free light show during the next few moonless nights. Orion sets shortly after sunset, leaving Gemini in the west. Look 3 fist-widths to Gemini’s lower right to see magnitude 0.2 Capella, in the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer.

USPS Star Calendar for 25 April to 1 May 18 April 2010

Posted by amedalen in April 2010, May 2010.
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25 Apr
Tonight, Saturn is 1 fist-width above the moon, and Spica is nearly 2 fist-widths to the lower left.

26 Apr
Spica is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s left, and Saturn is 2 fist-widths to the upper right.

27 Apr
Spica is 1 fist-width above or to the upper right of the moon this evening. Arcturus is 3½ fist-widths to the upper left.

28 Apr
The moon is full at 1218 UT. In inferior conjunction with the sun, Mercury passes from the evening sky to the morning sky.

29 Apr
The moon rises 2 hours after sunset, followed shortly by Antares. They travel together across the southern horizon and are low in the southwest tomorrow morning.

30 Apr
Today is May Eve, one of the four cross-quarter days, midway between solstices and equinoxes.

1 May
Today is May Day or Beltane, the fire festival celebrated with bonfires and maypoles.