It'll be hot and clear tonight in Monrovia. Sunset is about 7:30. We'll
be showing views of the crescent moon and Jupiter from the corner of
Myrtle & Lime tonight from about 7:30 - 9:30.
Tonight (Wednesday) Greater LA folks will have a nice view of the
International Space Station passing over.
If you are outside of southern Cal, you can sign up to get your own zip
code based alerts here https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/. Here is a good
chart and explanation what and when you see the pass, and defines all
the pertinent terms:
Tonight: : Wed Apr 12 9:07 PM, Visible: 2 min, Max Height: 43°, Appears:
16° above NW, Disappears: 43° above N
April 14: 8:58 PM, Visible: 3 minutes, Max Height 48°, appears 10°
above WNW , Disappears 47° SSW
April 15: 8:06 PM, Visible 6 minutes!!, Max Height 72°, appears 10°NW,
Disappears 14° SE
April 17: 7:58 PM, Visible 6 minutes also, Max Height 36, appears 10°
above WNW, Disappears 10° SSE
Telescope and Bino owners, have a look at Jupiter (after sunset in
East) and Saturn (after midnight to dawn in South) this month. Saturn
near the moon mornings of April 14-17.
You definitely would see some Lyrids if you were to be outside in fairly
dark area on the morning hours of April 22nd. Info on that is in this
month's What's Up video here! https://go.nasa.gov/2oFUfJz
Over and out! Jane
Jane Houston Jones
What's Up April? Jupiter Opposition, Lyrid Meteors
We have a clear night for moon viewing tonight, so join us at our
usual spot at the corner of Myrtle and Lime Streets in Monrovia Saturday
night from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. for some great views of the moon.
Home armchair astronomers can step outside after 9 p.m. (better later)
to see Jupiter, or Jupiter and moons (binoculars) rising in the east.
Jupiter reaches opposition in a wee, meaning it is opposite the sun in
the sky, highest at midnight, but visible all night long. More about
Opposition in my monthly video linked below in my signature line. If
you want more planets, both Saturn and Jupiter are visible if you want
to set your alarm or wake up early in the morning, and you'll find
Saturn below and east of Jupiter.
After that, it's time to step away from the light pollution and join us
at our 16th twice-a-year free star party in the Mojave National
Preserve. Our fall star party was a big success and you can see for
yourself in this national park video: https://vimeo.com/199881467 Our
Spring event is May 27th,
Join us May 27th Black Canyon Group Campsite, Mojave National Preserve,
RSVP dlamfrom(a)npca.org - so we know how many campers will be there.
There is an adjacent area for campers, and kids and dogs are welcome.
There is a nice flyer on our OTastro website, in the upper right event
Jane and the sidewalk astronomers
Jane Houston Jones
What's Up April? Jupiter Opposition and the Lyrid Meteor Shower