April Moon & Planet data for 2017


The follwing table lists various solar system object events during April. A list of astronomical terms used in may be found after the table.

April 1 Aldebaran 0.4 degrees south of the Moon Occn
April 1 Mercury greatest elong E(19)
April 3 Moon northern most declination (19.0 degrees)
April 3 Moon first quarter
April 6 Saturn stationary
April 7 Regulus 0.7 degrees north of the Moon Occn
April 7 Jupiter at opposition
April 10 Mercury stationary
April 10 Jupiter 2.1 degrees south of the Moon
April 11 Moon full
April 12 Venus stationary
April 14 Uranus at conjunction
April 15 Moon at apogee
April 16 Saturn 3.2 degrees south of the Moon
April 17 Moon southern most declination (-19.1 degrees)
April 18 Pluto 2.5 degrees south of the Moon
April 19 Moon last quarter
April 20 Mercury inferior conjunction
April 20 Pluto stationary
April 22 Neptune 0.2 degrees north of the Moon Occn
April 23 Venus 4.9 degrees north of the Moon
April 25 Uranus 3.5 degrees north of the Moon
April 25 Mercury 4.3 degrees north of the Moon
April 26 Moon new
April 27 Moon at perigee
April 28 Mars 5.6 degrees north of the Moon
April 28 Aldebaran 0.5 degrees south of the Moon Occn
April 28 Mercury 0.2 degrees south of Uranus
April 30 Moon northern most declination (19.2 degrees)
  • apogee: Furtherest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Earth
  • conjunction: Two astronomical objects are 'lined up' (have the same right ascension) when viewed from Earth. If only one object is mentioned the Sun is generally the other object.
  • declination: 'Latitude' for celestial objects. The distance in degress above (north) or below (south) the celestial equator.
  • inferior conjunction: Conjunction where a solar system object is between the Earth and the Sun
  • perigee: Nearest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Earth