We are in the last three days of worried house-packing, but I can’t resist taking time to show you this evening’s sky –
The great constellations of winter nights are still arrayed, though in tilted attitude, above the sunset horizon of spring, and among them is the D-shaped Moon.
(Don’t forget that you can click and right-click to see these images larger; at least that’s the way it works for me.)
The moment of First Quarter is 4h Universal Time on April 14, which is 11 PM on the 13th by eastern American clocks. The Moon, passing 11 degrees south of Pollux, happens to be almost exactly at its mean distance from us, being half way between a New moment that closely coincided with perigee (Apr. 7) and a Full (Apr. 22) close to apogee – as is made clear by the “Moon’s distance” graph in Astronomical Calendar 2016.
And I can only just resist telling you where we are aiming to land on April 16. Not on the Normandy beaches and not on the Moon, but another point with astronomical significance; I’ll reveal it after we get there, if we really do.