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- Arthur C. Clarke

The Perseus Double Cluster (Rich Richins)

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Mercury is well placed at the beginning of April with maximum eastern elongation occuring on April 1st. Look for Mercury low in the west about 30 minutes after sunset during the first week of April. After that, it will slowly descend into the Sun's glare.



Venus is now the morning star. It shines brightly in the pre-dawn sky. Venus will be very low in the East in early April, but rises higher each day.


Mars (D. Dockery)

Mars remains low in the western sky after sunset throughout April. It's quite distant/small now, so not a great target for observing.

Sky Info for April, 2017

Sky Map for January, 2016

The image above shows the position of stars and constellations on April 16th at about 9:00 pm MDT from Las Cruces, New Mexico.


Jupiter (D. Dockery)

Jupiter (in Virgo) rises a little after 8 pm at the beginning of April. By month's end, it will rise before sunset. Jupiter reaches opposition on April 7th. The jovian moons will appear very close to their shadows on the face of the gas giant for several days.


Saturn (S. Smith)

Saturn (in Sagittarius) rises after midnight (MDT) during most of April.


Uranus and Neptune

Uranus (in Pisces) is lost in the Sun's glare during April. Neptune (in Aquarius) rises just before dawn. It will be located low in the East about an hour before sunrise.