APRIL Program #1: “JUPITER”
The solar system’s largest planet (by far) is high in Lincoln’s evening sky this month, and a prime target for the Hyde telescopes. This program shows closeups of the giant planet and its moons as seen by satellite probes and describes their scientific findings about this extraordinary region of our solar system.
APRIL Program #2: “The Spring Constellations”
A tour of the evening sky above Lincoln, Nebraska during the warming Spring months: In April, the Winter Constellations are fast disappearing in the western sky, while constellations that are harbingers of Summer are rising in the East. A great time to look at Lincoln skies! Running time: 20 minutes.
ALSO: “Dawn at Ceres”
We will be tracking the scientific results of the Dawn space probe as it orbits the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Starting in late April and through the Spring, Dawn will be sending back pictures of this intriguing dwarf planet. (Pictures as made available by NASA)
VIEWING THESE OBJECTS IN THE HYDE TELESCOPES THIS MONTH:
Venus. Shining brightly in the west after sunset, and getting a little higher and brighter in the sky with each passing night. In telescopes, it exhibits a gibbous phase.
Mars. Sinking towards the sun in the west, very low to the horizon and buried in dusk light. About as far away from Earth as Mars can get, so very small: It’s there, but it’s a terrible view in a telescope this month.
Jupiter. Visible all evening during April’s public Saturday nights. Watch the Jovian moons dance around their parent planet.
Saturn. By the end of the month, it will just be high enough in our eastern sky to see in the telescopes. Much better in May and early summer. Still, it’s a dazzler any time you can see it.
The Moon. Full on April 4 (a full eclipse occurred right at sunrise in Lincoln, made almost invisible by the brightening sky.) The waning moon will be out of the evening sky during Hyde public nights from April 11 – 18 (new moon). The moon will be excellent in the telescopes April 25.