April starts with Venus climbing higher in the west, not setting until 2 hours after sunset by month’s end. Jupiter also rises earlier each night, close to sunset at the close of the month. Saturn and Mars, low in the southeast before the morning twilight, enjoy a close encounter as the month opens, then drift apart. Orion and his companions the Big Dog and Taurus, the Bull, stand on the western horizon to start, but lowering through the month. The spring stars may not dazzle in comparison – the Big Dipper high in the northeast, Leo, the Lion champions the southern skies, and Gemini’s Twins settle into the west.