Growing up in the Bronx in the 1960s and ’70s, one of my astronomy instructors, Drs. Kenneth L. Franklin, director and senior scientist at New York’s Hayden Planetarium, has written about celestial events for the World Almanac and The New York Times.
Every now and then Ken would point to our “ever -changing sky.” Such an explanation would be most appropriate to the daily changes among the baskets in our early morning sky this month. Before and between April, there are morning stars, with four of the five bright stars of the sun, lined up in the southeastern sky.
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The first week of April
The moon begins with three bright stars that merge low in our southeastern sky before the sun rises. Venus, Saturn and Mars are in six degrees of separation, but every morning since then the order has changed dramatically. Mars and Saturn will approach each other before the lunar center on April 5.
Then, beginning on April 8, Jupiter was buried, deep in the dawn when the moon began, to see its course, both below and to the south of the planets. the other three stars. On the morning of April 19, the four stars will be spread in a diagonal line by only 30 degrees; from south to north above: Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn.
The moon meets
The main event comes in the last week of April with the mass -2 Jupiter approaching the mass -4 Venus, seven times brighter. Currently, the crescent moon is shining, traveling under Saturn on April 25, Mars on April 26 and Jupiter and Venus on April 27. You can see a vast expanse of space in the southeast. get up that morning without interruption and set your warm -up clock for 5:15 am
At a glance, you can see the most beautiful things in the night sky: the full moon is 12% illuminated, Jupiter 4 degrees to its left and Venus flying 5 degrees right above the lunar sliver. Venus and Jupiter were separated by 3.2 degrees that morning, 2 degrees on April 28, and 1.3 degrees on April 29.
On April 30, Venus and Jupiter stood side by side, separated by 0.45 degrees for North America and also seen in low- and middle -power visions. Jupiter can be seen all around, three of its four Galilean satellites can be seen and Venus can be seen in less than half a light.
The Middle East sees them near their times of union and appulse (almost immediately) when Venus moves 0.25 degrees north of Jupiter. This is the closest Venus-Jupiter meeting since August 2016, when they were deep in the sun’s glare. The meeting of the two stars will take place in the evening sky on March 1, 2023.
It was hard to leave
The denoument after April 30 is rapid. On May 1, the two Earth stars, separated by 0.6 degrees, are very close and this will rise to about the same degree as the sun, until on May 8, Jupiter will illuminate 7.1 degrees. degrees north of Venus.
In the months to come, these wonderful stars will be going in many different ways. Venus will continue at the edge of low dawn in the east until August, then slowly descend as the sun rises. At that moment Jupiter was on the other side of the sky, conquering the evening visions.
All the stars, including the moon, follow a line of thought in the sky called the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the visible path through which the sun travels through space as the Earth rotates around it.
Technically, the ecliptic represents the increase or deflection of the plane of Earth’s orbit in the sky. But as the moon and planets move around the orbits, their planes are not very different from those of Earth, these bodies, when seen in our sky, are always connected to the Earth. the ecliptic line.
There are twelve of the stars where the ecliptic travels to the zodiac; Their names, which can be immediately seen on ordinary astrology charts, are familiar to millions of horoscope users who find it very difficult to see them in the real sky.
The old man may have thought that the reality of the stars – they were like twinkling stars – they had the freedom to wander in the sky, while the other ‘fixed’ stars held their position. This can move as if it were some kind of magic, like God. And the descriptions of the hotels with the gods, in their own names, show the ancient gods.
Visitors of the past several decades may have thought that if the earth was moving significantly, it would be important for those who could read the celestial signs to understand what was being held by the effects. Indeed, to this day, there are those who believe that changes in the position of the sun, moon, and stars can determine the fate of individuals and nations on Earth.
The only problem with this idea is that the stars constantly move at night in and out of the celestial bodies. Astronomical amnesia can make us forget the last time we saw them gather for that event.
Nor do we remember that there were none of the most important magical ideas associated with the first event.
Joe Rao works as a tutor and guest instructor at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy no Makahiki Natural Historyka Almanac of Farmers and other books. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and above Facebook.