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What’s in the Sky in April
- 8th Luna Apogee, furthest distance from Earth for the month 05:10hr AEST 404,438.8km.
- 8th Luna lowest altitude 27 degrees Nth.
- The Emu, which contains the area of the Centre of our Milky Way Galaxy, is now rising in the East just after 9.00pm AEST. The Emu is formed by the dust lanes of the Milky Way with the head of the Emu just below the Southern Cross, the dark area also called the Coal Sack, as it it so dark except for BZ Crucis. BZ Crucis forms the eye of the Emu and is a 5th Magnitude Variable Star 1217 light years from our solar system.
- 10th Pluto, Saturn, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Neptune are all together in the morning sky before sunrise. Neptune is very close just East of Jupiter.
- 20th Moon at Perigee 01:12hrs AEST, 365,143.7 km.
- 22th Luna at it’s highest altitude, 27 degrees Sth.
- 22nd Earth Day – marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.