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TODAY'S RISE AND SET
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SUNRISE

6:00 A.M.

MOONRISE

10:12 P.M.

SUNSET

7:28 P.M.

MOONSET

7:28 A.M.

APRIL SKY EVENTS

The Moon glides below Jupiter on the 6th. Mars reaches opposition on the 8th and is closest to Earth on the 14th. Orange Mars is now very bright at magnitude -1.5, matching the brilliance of the Dog Star, Sirius. A total lunar eclipse is visible throughout the United States and Canada on the 15th.

MOON PHASES FOR THIS WEEK

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TODAY 17 

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FULL MOON NAMES

January

Full Wolf Moon

February

Full Snow Moon

March

Full Worm Moon

April

Full Pink Moon

May

Full Flower Moon

June

Full Strawberry Moon

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FASCINATING FACT

A comet is often named after the person who discovered it. Edmond Halley, a British astronomer, discovered -- what else? -- Halley's comet. This comet returns about every 76 years, and is next expected in the year 2062.

This month:

FULL
PINK MOON

April 15, 3:42 A.M. (Eastern Time)

It is called the Pink Moon because of the wild ground phlox, one of the earliest widespread pink flowers of the spring, usually in bloom right now.

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SEASONS

For centuries, people have watched the sky for the changes of seasons and then celebrated with colorful rituals.

Tell Us how you celebrate the different seasons?

Solstices and Equinoxes

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Travel in Time
Visit these ancient seasonal markers:

Stonehenge, England

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Chichén Itzá Mexico

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 Exploratorium

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CATCH SATURN'S RINGS

Saturn will be especially visible in 2031. Click here if you can't wait.

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Once Upon a Moon...

What image do you see in the full Moon?
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GIANT JUPITER

Jupiter’s surface is covered clouds of many colors--red, brown, yellow, and white! The clouds move in light and dark bands around the planet. See Jupiter rotating!

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Did You Know?
On a clear night look up at the sky and connect some stars to create an original constellation. Make up a story about it and share it with other kids.Tell Us


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