April President's Message
March was filled with so many great outreach opportunities - opportunities to share your love of the night sky - that April really snuck up on me. I sincerely hope you were able to participate in some of these events and that you will consider joining future outreach activities.
April's night sky will have its share of astronomical events. On April 8, Mars reaches opposition, which means it is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun and rises at sunset. Mars makes its closest approach to our world on April 14. You can find Mars near the bright star Spica in the constellation of Virgo, the Maiden all month long.
On the morning of Saturday, April 12 before sunrise, Venus and Neptune will be visible together through a decent-sized telescope. You will need dark skies and a clear view of the eastern sky to spot 8th magnitude Neptune, though.
Do not forget about the total lunar eclipse on Tuesday, April 15. The eclipse with start shortly before midnight on April 14 and end a little after 5:30 a.m. on the 15th.
Our next PAS general meeting will be on Friday, April 18 in the UNO Science Building, Room 1001. The club's own Barry Simon will present on "Stellar Comparisons." I apologize to all the outreach attendees at Jean Lafitte National Park to whom I told the wrong date. The next meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on April 18, not April 11. I hope to see you all at the meeting.