March/April 2022 Sky
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Started by metmike - March 17, 2022, 3:55 a.m.

Friday, March 18 - Full Worm Moon (at 07:18 GMT)

The March full moon will occur on Friday, March 18 at 3:18 a.m. EDT (or 07:18 GMT), causing it to appear full in the Americas on both Thursday night and Friday night. The March full moon, known as the Worm Moon, Crow Moon, Sap Moon or Lenten Moon, always shines in or near the stars of Leo or Virgo. The indigenous Ojibwe people of the Great Lakes region call the March full moon Ziissbaakdoke-giizis "Sugar Moon" or Onaabani-giizis, the "Hard Crust on the Snow Moon". For them it signifies a time to balance their lives and to celebrate the new year. The Cree of North America call it Mikisiwipisim, the "the Eagle Moon" - the month when the eagle returns. The Cherokee call it Anvyi, the "Windy Moon", when the planting cycle begins anew. Full moons always rise in the east as the sun sets, and set in the west at sunrise. When fully illuminated, the moon's geology is enhanced, especially the contrast between the ancient cratered highlands and the younger smoother maria.

By mcfarm - March 19, 2022, 11:40 a.m.
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warmer crazies need to pay attention to the sky. Where are the sun spots? And do the warmers even have a clue as to what happens to crop production during global cooling?

By WxFollower - March 21, 2022, 10:23 a.m.
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mc asked about the sunspots.


 The sunspots are increasing in frequency from the minimum of 2019. Earlier projections were for that minimum to not be til 2020. However, spots became more active sooner than expected. It turned out that the number of spotless days didn’t quite reach the levels of the 2008-9 minimum. I had thought it was going to exceed it and possibly get to a Dalton Minimum level, but that didn’t occur.

 For the next couple of years, spots are expected to continue to increase.

By metmike - March 21, 2022, 12:10 p.m.
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Thanks mcfarm and larry.

I'm in Detroit visiting my 96 year old dad and will try to make more comments later.

By metmike - March 25, 2022, 2:45 p.m.
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You may find this climate discussion interesting that relates to something we can actually prove, unlike the theories related to sunspots.

April 2022 Sky
By metmike - April 1, 2022, 10:41 p.m.
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Saturday, April 2 - See Four Bright Planets (pre-dawn)

Monthly SkywatchingThroughout April, four bright planets will be shining in the southeastern sky before sunrise. On the mornings surrounding Saturday, April 2, extremely bright Venus will rise shortly before 5 a.m. local time, accompanied by the fainter, yellow dot of Saturn positioned several finger widths to its right (or 4.7 degrees to the celestial west). Reddish Mars will shine a thumb’s width beyond that - almost close enough for the trio to share the view in binoculars. The planets will climb higher as the sky brightens towards 6 a.m. local time, with Venus visible longer than the others. Around that time, bright Jupiter will rise about 2.4 fist diameters to Venus’ lower left. Observers located close to the tropics will see Jupiter more easily.

By metmike - April 1, 2022, 10:43 p.m.
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Sunday, April 3 - Crescent Moon Passes Uranus (early evening)

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(Image credit: Chris Vaughan)

In the western sky after dusk on Sunday, April 3, the young crescent moon will pass binoculars-close (green circle) to the faint, magnitude 5.85 planet Uranus. In the Eastern Time Zone look for Uranus’ blue-green dot positioned two finger widths below, and slightly to the right (or 2 degrees to the celestial west) of the moon. In more westerly time zones their separation will be greater. Hours earlier, observers in the Côte d'Ivoire region of Africa can see the moon occult Uranus around 19:30 GMT.

By metmike - April 6, 2022, 12:20 a.m.
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Saturday, April 9 - First Quarter Moon (at 06:48 GMT)

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When the moon completes the first quarter of its orbit around Earth at 2:48 a.m. EDT (or 06:48 GMT) on Saturday, April 9, the relative positions of the Earth, sun, and moon will cause us to see our natural satellite half-illuminated - on its eastern side. While at first quarter, the moon always rises around noon and sets around midnight, allowing it to be seen in the afternoon daytime sky, too. The evenings surrounding first quarter are the best ones for viewing the lunar terrain when it is dramatically lit by low-angled sunlight.

By metmike - April 17, 2022, 1:02 a.m.
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Saturday, April 16 - Full Paschal Moon (at 18:55 GMT)

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The moon will officially reach its full phase at 2:55 p.m. EDT or 18:55 GMT on Saturday, April 16. April’s full moon, commonly called the Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, or Fish Moon, always shines in or near the stars of Virgo and Libra. The indigenous Ojibwe groups of the Great Lakes region call the April full moon Iskigamizige-giizis “the Maple Sap Boiling Moon” or Namebine-giizis, “the Sucker Moon”. 

For them it signifies a time to learn cleansing and healing ways. The Cree of North America call it Niskipisim, “the Goose Moon” - the time when the geese return with spring. For the Mi’kmaw people of Eastern Canada, this is Penatmuiku’s, “the Birds Laying Eggs Time Moon”. 

The Cherokee call it Kawonuhi, “the Flower Moon”, when the plants bloom. Full moons always rise in the east as the sun sets, and set in the west at sunrise. Easter is observed on the Sunday that follows the first full moon after the March equinox, making this one the Paschal Full Moon for 2022. Easter will arrive rather late this year because March’s full moon occurred only 2.5 days before the equinox.