Dr. Ashraf Tadros, former head of the Department of Astronomy, published, at the National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical ResearchThe most important astronomical events for the month of April 2022.
Tadros said, through his page on the social networking site “Facebook”: Please bear in mind that all observations of phenomena andastronomical events It requires a clear air and a sky free of clouds, dust and water vapor.
He summed up “Tadis astronomical events” during a month in a number of phenomena, namely:
April 1 – New Moon (Ramadan New Moon)
The moon rises with the sun and sets with it on that day, as the moon’s luminous face is toward the sun and the dark face is toward the earth, so the moon will not be visible in the sky all night on that day, and it is the best time of the month to observe faint celestial bodies such as galaxies, star clusters, and stars of distant constellations. Accordingly, the first appearance of the crescent of Ramadan will be on Saturday, April 2nd.
April 5 – conjunction of Mars and Saturn
Mars is in conjunction with Saturn since their sunrise at 3:30 in the morning on this day until they disappear in the momentum of the morning twilight as a result of the rising sun.
The juxtaposition of these two planets can be observed from April 3 to 7 in the morning on this date as well.
April 9 – Moon conjunction with the star Pollux
The moon is associated with the star Pollux (Beta Gemini/twin) on this day, as we see them next to each other in the sky at nightfall and until their sunset at half past one in the middle of the night.
April 10 – Moon and Beehive conjunction
The moon is associated with the star crowd, the beehive in Cancer, where we see them next to each other in the sky at nightfall until sunset at two in the morning of the next day, knowing that seeing this scene requires magnifying glasses or a small telescope, as the star crowd beehive is not seen with the naked eye. !
April 16 – full moon (Badr Ramadan)
The moon appears to us as a full moon in the period from April 15 to 17, when the naked eye cannot distinguish the entire rotation of the moon’s disk. As for the height of the full moon, it will be on April 16, God willing, when the moon’s disk is completely complete and its brightness reaches 100%.
This full moon is known to American tribes by many names indicating the time of spring, the most famous of which is the pink moon, where spring flowers begin to appear at this time of the year.
April 23-22 – harp meteor shower
This phenomenon occurs annually between 16-25 April, and peaks on 22-23, and these meteors are seen as if they were coming from the constellation Lyra (Hyrep).
The harp meteors are produced from the remnants of comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, discovered in 1861.
The number of meteors in it reaches about 20 meteors per hour and can be seen with the naked eye provided that the sky is dark and free of clouds. The light of the moon this year may obscure the glow of some weak meteors. The best viewing is from a completely dark place away from the city lighting, from after midnight until dawn Daybreak .
April 30-24 – (Moon/Venus/Jupiter/Mars/Saturn)
The moon is seen with the four planets Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn in a wonderful scene at dawn from April 24-30, when the moon is paired with Saturn (they are next to each other in the sky) on April 25, then the moon is paired with Mars on April 26, then the moon is paired with my planet Venus and Jupiter together on April 27.
Venus and Jupiter are also conjunct on April 30… These conjunctions occur at dawn, approximately two hours before sunrise, until the phenomenon disappears in the momentum of morning twilight as a result of sunrise.
April 29 – Mercury at its greatest elongation
The planet Mercury reaches its maximum elongation from the sun on this day by about 20.6 degrees, and it is visible in the western sky in the evening immediately after sunset, which is the best time to view and photograph the planet Mercury until its sunset at approximately eight in the evening.
April 30 – partial solar eclipse
Solar eclipses always occur when the moon is new, so there is a partial eclipse of the sun on this day, but it is not visible in Egypt or the Arab region, where it is visible only in the southeastern Pacific and southern South America, and it is best seen in Argentina.
April 30 – New Moon – (Shawwal)
The moon rises with the sun and sets with it on that day, as the moon’s luminous face is toward the sun and the dark face is toward the earth, so the moon will not be visible in the sky throughout the night.. It is the best time to observe faint celestial bodies such as galaxies, star clusters, and stars of distant constellations.