Astronomy District April 2023: Texas stargazers will see a ‘pink moon’ and a Laird meteor shower this spring
Houston, Texas (KTRK) – In the night sky this month, check out the full moon rising on the evening of April 5th. This moon is sometimes called the “pink moon” in reference to the pink color of the phlox flowers that bloom in spring.
If you see a few flashes of light in the night sky, you might be seeing the Lyrid meteor shower. The meteor shower occurs from April 16 to 25, with peak activity on the night of April 23. For the best viewing, head out late in the evening in the dark, away from the city lights. Look more to the northwest half of the sky for the best chance of seeing meteors.
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The Moon and Venus will be in conjunction (the closest together from our perspective) on April 23. They will appear in the western sky after sunset from about 8:00 p.m. until they disappear from the western horizon around 10:30 p.m.
Also, it’s never too early to prepare for next year’s total solar eclipse in Texas in April 2024. The total eclipse will be visible from Texas on April 8, 2024. However, to see the sun completely obscured by the moon, you’ll have to travel west to the Hill Country near Austin and Waco. Book your hotels and get your eclipse viewing gear early!
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