BASIL April 2024

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BASIL April 2024

The front cover of BASIL shows the path of the partial solar eclipse on 8 April 2024, which will be visible from western parts of the UK.

Observing highlights of the month include:

  • 8 April: Small partial solar eclipse visible from western UK at sunset
  • 11 April: Mars and Saturn in conjunction (am)
  • 20 April: Jupiter and Uranus in conjunction (pm)
  • 22 April: April Lyrid meteor shower peak (unfavourable)
  • 29 April: Mars and Neptune in close conjunction (am)

Members' recent astrophotography images are shown on p18 (Andrew Grasemann - Gibbous Moon) and p22 (Chris Lee - Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks).

35 well placed observing targets for the month are listed on p24-25 and 14 targets for observing the Virgo Cluster of galaxies are given on p26-27.

The beautiful Sombrero Galaxy (Messier 104) is well placed for observing during the month (see p30).

For experienced observers, there is an asteroid occultation on 24 April (see p21) - info. provided by BAS member Nigel Wakefield.

Society News includes meetings and events for 2024, and details of the new BAS Committee for 2024/25.

BASIL April 2024

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