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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

April 28, 2017

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The waxing Crescent Moon edges a little higher each evening through this weekend. Tonight is shines above the red star Aldebaran, while Mars looks on much farther to the right, as well as the Pleiades to the lower right of Mars. The best viewing should be between 8:45 and 9 o'clock, before they get too low in the skies.

  • April 29:

    Late this evening, as the waxing Crescent Moon sets near 11:30 PM, look to the southeast, where the red star Antares, the "heart" of the Scorpion is rising, followed by Saturn well to the left. Antares is one of the largest stars known, so large that it would fill our Solar System out past the orbit of Mars.

  • April 30:

    Venus gleams near its maximum brightness for early risers during this upcoming week. It appears relatively low, but a fairly level view to the east from 4:45 through 5:05 will offer some stunning views.

Star Charts

  • March 30, 2017 - April 30, 2017:

    An outline of the constellation Virgo, the Virgin, looking southeast in mid-April.  It will be here about an hour later in early April, an hour later toward the end of the month.  Jupiter is about 25 times brighter than the star Spica.  The two will be near each other through the summer.

    An outline of the constellation Virgo, the Virgin, looking southeast in mid-April. It will be here about an hour later in early April, an hour later toward the end of the month. Jupiter is about 25 times brighter than the star Spica. The two will be near each other through the summer.