Total_Lunar_Eclipse_and_Solar-1d521016012ab4f146dbb9f2254b7ca7Stargazers have a lot to look forward to this month. The best celestial events in April include eclipses of the sun and moon, a meteor shower and good opportunities to see Vesta and Ceres, the two biggest space rocks in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Here’s a brief rundown of April’s most exciting skywatching events, which folks in the Northern Hemisphere may be able to enjoy without too much shivering now that spring has sprung. [Skywatching Highlights of April 2014 (Video)] The first of April’s two eclipses comes in the early morning hours of April 15, when Earth’s shadow will darken the moon in a total lunar eclipse visible throughout North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the Pacific region. Totality will last from 3:07 a.m. until 4:25 a.m. EDT (0707-0825 GMT), while partial phases of the eclipse will be visible for a few hours before and after this stretch. The solar eclipse will occur two weeks later, though very few people will get to appreciate its full glory. On April 29, an annular or “ring of fire” eclipse will be visible from a small patch of Antarctica, perhaps briefly confusing some penguins around the time of greatest eclipse, 2:04 a.m. EDT (0604 GMT). But there will still be something for some Southern Hemisphere stargazers to see. “Skywatchers in Australia and southern Indonesia will see a partial solar eclipse,” narrator Nancy Calo said in an April skywatching video guide released by the Hubble Space Telescope science team. More