Although it’s now officially Spring there’s still a wintry air about the UK so wrap up extra warm if you’re heading out stargazing this April!
Above Glasgow, UK at midnight on the night of 10th April the night sky will look like the image below, though for most of the month a similar sky can be seen as the position of the stars doesn’t change that quickly from night to night. Indeed, stargazers across the UK will see a similar sky overhead.
Some things to try find in the night sky in April 2013:
The planet Jupiter remains the brightest object in the moonless night sky at the moment and as it is setting, another gas giant is rising in the West – Saturn.
The sixth planet out from the Sun remains visible till dawn. It lies close to Spica – the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo.
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
There’s a penumbral lunar eclipse partially visible in Glasgow on Thursday, 25 April 2013.
A penumbral eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s penumbra – a part of the Earth’s shadow cast into space. If you were an observer standing on the surface of the Moon you’d see a partial eclipse of the Sun with the Earth in front.
The penumbra causes a subtle darkening of the Moon’s surface which can be seen from Earth. This event happens roughly twice a year. There’s a really neat video made by NASA – Lunar Eclipse Essential:
Although the penumbral eclipse on 25th April 2013 begins around 19.05, at that time the Moon is below the horizon for observers in Glasgow. However, by the time of maximum eclipse at 21.08 it will be very low to the horizon East, South-East. You will really need to be able to get a view over flat land to see. The penumbral eclipse will end for viewers in Glasgow, with the Moon moving out of the Earth’s shadow around 23.10.
• Last Quarter – 3rd April 2013, 05:37
• New Moon – 10th April 2013, 10:36
• First Quarter – 18th April 2013, 13:32
• Full Moon – 25th April 2013, 20:58
Times are listed are local to Glasgow and take account of Daylight Saving Time.
Sunrise and set from Glasgow, UK
• 3rd April 2013 – Sunrise 06:42 Sunset 19:59
• 10th April 2013 – Sunrise 06:24 Sunset 20:14
• 18th April 2013 – Sunrise 06:04 Sunset 20:30
• 25th April 2013 – Sunrise 05:47 Sunset 20:44
Times are listed are local to Glasgow and take account of Daylight Saving Time (also known as British Summer Time or BST).
Happy stargazing this April!