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Earthsky Tonight — April 27, April full moon, Saturn and Spica
Posted By Gary Wamsley On April 26, 2010 @ 9:54 pm In Earth & Sky | Comments Disabled
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 Astronomically speaking, the moon turns full tomorrow – on Wednesday, April 28 – at precisely 12:18 Universal Time  (7:18 a.m. Central Time). An astronomical full moon  occurs at that fleeting instant when the moon stands most directly opposite the sun in Earth’s sky. For general reference, however, we can say that the full moon shines from dusk until dawn tonight.
This April full moon is the second full moon of the spring season – or the second full moon after the March 20th equinox . It often goes by the name Milk Moon or Planting Moon.
The moon shines near three brilliant points of light this evening. A short hop above the moon takes you to Spica , the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. Go past Spica to the next bright star-like object, which is Saturn, the sixth planet outward from the sun. Last, but not least, fly to the upper left of the moon and Spica to land on the star Arcturus , the brightest of these celestial gems.
Tomorrow, the moon will pass out of the constellation Virgo. Nonetheless, you can always use the Big Dipper to locate Arcturus and Spica . You can also find Saturn, because this world makes a triangle with Arcturus and Spica throughout 2010.
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 www.EarthSky.org: http://www.EarthSky.org
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 Universal Time: http://earthsky.org/tonightpost/astronomy-essentials/sunrisesunset-moonrisemoonset-almanacs
 full moon: http://earthsky.org/tonightpost/moon-phases/full-moon
 March 20th equinox: http://earthsky.org/es-tonight/equinox-sunsets-mark-due-west-in-the-sky
 Spica: http://earthsky.org/tonightpost/brightest-stars/speed-on-to-spica-the-15th-brightest-star
 Arcturus: http://earthsky.org/tonightpost/brightest-stars/bright-orange-arcturus-use-the-big-dipper-to-find-it
 Big Dipper to locate Arcturus and Spica: http://earthsky.org/es-tonight/drive-a-spike-to-spica
 Bruce McClure: http://earthsky.org/es-tonight/april-full-moon-saturn-and-spica-on-april-27
 Astronomy Picture of the Day from NASA/JPL: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/
 CHANDRA Photo Album: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/
 U.S. Naval Observator Astronomical Information cente: http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications/astronomical-information-center/astronomical-information-center
 StarDate Online: http://stardate.org/
 Sky and Telescope: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance/
 National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/
 Space Com: http://www.space.com/nightsky/
 Amazing Space: http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/tonights_sky/
 The York County Astronomical Society: http://www.ycas.org/tonights_sky.htm
 Scope City: http://www.scopecity.net/
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