Upcoming Night Sky Events – April 2015

On Wednesday evening April 1st at 7:37 pm, the Mad River Valley will be treated to a very bright (-8.3) “Iridium Flare”!   These “flares” are caused when one of the Iridium satellites passes overhead and catches the sun as if it were a mirror and flashes the sunlight down to earth.  This pass will be very interesting because it occurs when the satellite is near the planet Jupiter and will be very easy for everyone to locate.   (see chart below)

FlareSkyChart

On Monday evening April 6th at 8:44 pm, the MRV will be treated to a pass overhead by the International Space Station. The chart below shows the ground track of the 8:44 – 8:50 pm pass of the ISS over northern New England.

ISS April 6 pm

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