Astronomical Events in April 2020

Interested in space science and astronomical activities? Eagerly waiting for astronomical events? Want to know about planetary motion, their conjunctions and meteor shower? Then read the full article and dive into the space from your place! 

What are Astronomical Events? 

Astronomical events are such events that happens in space for which may be we at Earth sometimes known to them and most of the time not known to them and that happens in the space (or in deep space) near the Earth or at far-far light years. Solar & Lunar eclipse are the easiest examples to understand the phenomenon. Many more events includes different planetary motions such as Planets crosses nearby our Earth in their own orbits. Asteroids fly by the Earth. Different Planets conjunction. Super Moon. Meteor shower etc. Or may be known to us as Celestial Events are such events or an astronomical phenomenon that involves one or more celestial objects. 

Astronomical Events not to be missed in April 2020 

1.April 8th, 2020 – Pink Super Moon 

The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 238,000 miles (382,900 km) approx. The diameter of Moon is 2158.768 miles (3,474.2 km) approx. In this event the Moon was just 221,772 miles (356,907 Km) approx. from Earth. The Moon called as “Super Pink Moon” in this event appeared larger and brighter than usual Moon. Why? Because the moon was at the closest point to the Earth known as Perigee.  The farthest point on the Moon’s orbit from Earth is known as Apogee. The Moon was appeared as 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter that the usual. 

2.April 15th, 2020 – Conjunction of Moon & Jupiter 

The two objects will make a close approach, called an appulse.   Appulse is the least apparent distance between one celestial object and another, as seen from a third body during a given period. The pair will be visible in the dawn sky from different locations at different time. The timings mentioned below are the event starting time and can be watched till they faded with sunlight in the morning. Few of the locations are given below 

New Delhi 01:25 IST 

Jaipur 01:26 IST  

Ahmedabad 01:31 IST 

Pune 01:18 IST 

Mumbai 01:23 IST 

Chennai 00:43 IST 

Kolkata 00:27 IST 

3.April 15th, 2020 – Conjunction of Moon & Saturn 

The two objects will also make a close approach. The pair will be visible in the dawn sky from different locations at different time. Few of the locations are given below 

New Delhi 01:44 IST 

Jaipur 01:46 IST  

Ahmedabad 01:52 IST 

Pune 01:39 IST 

Mumbai 01:44 IST 

Chennai 01:05 IST 

Kolkata 00:48 IST 

Taking the above timings to the context, it can be said that the three of the celestial objects (viz. moon, jupiter & saturn) will be visible altogether at certain appluse. These events can be seen with naked eyes. One can use Telescope or Binoculars for good experience. 

4.April 16th, 2020 – Conjunction of Moon & Mars 

The two objects will also make a close approach. The pair will be visible in the dawn sky from different locations at different time. Few of the locations are given below 

New Delhi 02:19 IST 

Jaipur 02:21 IST  

Ahmedabad 02:28 IST 

Pune 02:16 IST 

Mumbai 02:20 IST 

Chennai 01:42 IST 

Kolkata 01:24 IST 

5.April 22nd, 2020 – Lyrid Meteor Shower 

This event will be happening in the late night of April 21st, Tuesday into the hours of Wednesday morning. To watch the event it only requires a clear sky and no other special equipment. Although Lyrid Meteor Shower will be active from April 14th – April 30th, 2020. However, its peak day is Wednesday April 22nd, 2020. 

What is a Meteor Shower? 

A Meteor Shower occurs when the Earth passes through the debris stream occupying the orbit of a comet. These meteors are also known as shooting stars.  

6.April 29th, 2020 – The Giant Asteroid 

The Giant asteroid – 1998 OR2 will fly closely to the Earth in the end of April month.  The closest approach to the Earth will take place around 5:56 AM EDT (15:26 IST). However, there is no harm to the Earth from this fly by. It will safely pass by the Earth.  

What is Asteroid? 

Asteroids are small, rocky objects that orbit the Sun. Although asteroids orbit the Sun like planets, they are much smaller than planets. 

 



Source : NewsOnFloor

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