Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

Total lunar eclipse visible to us April 14

There will be a total eclipse of the moon the night of April 14-15. During totality, notice Mars to the upper right of the moon and Spica just to its lower right.

Here's how it will happen in our time zone:

• Partial eclipse starts at 1:58 a.m.

• Total eclipse starts at 3:06 a.m.

• Total eclipse ends at 4:25 a.m.

• Partial eclipse ends at 5:33 a.m.

Brilliant Jupiter is high in the southwest after dark and will remain in the sky until two hours after midnight.

Mars will be at its brightest this year when it is opposite the sun April 8. The red planet will rise around sunset and set around sunrise in April. In the early days of the month, find the star Spica to the lower right of Mars.

Saturn won't rise until a little before 11 p.m. at the beginning of the month and a couple hours earlier at the end. The ringed planet is near the moon in the southwest before sunrise April 17.

Venus will rise in the east two hours before the sun at the start of April and a half hour before at the end of the month. A thin crescent moon joins Venus on April 26.

At the planetariums

Science + Technology Education Innovation Center, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg: Sci-Fi and Sky Night starts at 6 p.m. April 5. (727) 384-0027, sciencecenter ofpinellas.com.

The St. Petersburg Astronomy Club meets at the Science Center at 8 p.m. April 25. stpeteastronomy club.org.

St. Petersburg College, 69th Street and Fifth Avenue N, St. Petersburg: Free planetarium shows at 7 and 8:15 p.m. Fridays. When skies are clear, the observatory will be open after the second show.

South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, 210 10th St. W, Bradenton: There are five different shows this month. (941) 746-4131 or southfloridamuseum.org.

Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa: The IMAX Dome Theater presents Hidden Universe. (813) 987-6100 or visit mosi.org.

Daryl L. Schrader is professor emeritus at St. Petersburg College and teaches astronomy at the University of South Florida.

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