The Seasonal Almanac: Nature and Astronomical Events for April and May 2000

The Seasonal Almanac covers nature and astronomical events for April and May 2000.

| April/May 2000

The Seasonal Almanac shares nature and astronomical events for April and May 2000. 

Seasonal Almanac for April and May 2000

APRIL 2000

1 April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day; the sun should now be near the maximum in its roughly 11-year cycle of sunspots and other activity - so in this month after the equinox (when the active latitudes of the sun are pointed more directly toward Earth) look for possible great displays of the Northern Lights, maybe even visible to the southernmost United States; watch the west at dusk and in early evening this month and next to see marvelous patterns of the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

2 Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. - set clocks ahead one hour ("spring forward" in spring); Pascua Florida Day; International Children's Book Day (on birthday of Hans Christian Andersen).

3 Super Tornado Outbreak of 1974: 148 tornadoes in 13 states, 330 deaths and 5,484 injuries (worst hit were Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio); Washington Irving born, 1783; Pony Express began, 1860.

4 NEW MOON, 2:12 P.M. EDT; NATO established, 1949.

5 Mars at its closest to Jupiter (only about 1° - less than the width of your little finger at arm's length - separates slightly ruddy Mars from far brighter Jupiter this evening and tomorrow evening), with moon not far away and Saturn to upper left.

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