The Full Seed Moon Shines with Bright Jupiter, and Comets keep Coming!

Binocular Comets

There are more comets observable in binoculars and low power telescopes, although the brightening moon will wash them out a bit early in the week. Expect the comets to appear as faint greenish blobs (quite different from a star). If they develop a tail, it will point roughly away from the Sun. By the way, the comets with C/ in their names are one-time- only visitors. The ones with P/ are periodic, returning regularly every few years, and dropping the debris that produces meteor showers.

As the week unfolds, Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini- Kresak drops towards the prominent stars that mark the head of Draco (the Dragon). Image via Star Walk 2 app.

The Moon and Planets

The April full moon, known as the Full Seed Moon, Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, or Fish Moon, occurs in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, so it will look full on both Monday and Tuesday night. It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise. This is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky. After Tuesday, the moon wanes and rises later.

On Monday, April 10, Jupiter, the full moon, and the bright star Spica will rise together in the eastern sky about 7:30 pm local time. Image via Star Walk 2 app.
The Great Red Spot is visible for about three hours centred on Mon, Apr 10 at 12:20 am, Wed, Apr 12 at 9:45 pm and Fri, Apr 14 at 11:35 pm. Image via Solar Walk 2 app.

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