The stars continue their transition into spring each April, as Orion and his companions, the Big Dog and Taurus, the Bull, gradually settle toward the western horizon. The spring stars may not dazzle in comparison, yet the Big Dipper is placed high in the northeast, Leo, the Lion champions the southern skies, and Gemini’s Twins stand high in the west. Venus re-appears briefly, and challengingly low, while the slowly fading Mars climbs above Taurus. Mercury appears low in the west at month’s end. Early risers get views of the returning Jupiter, and Saturn, low in the southeast, just as twilight begins from 5:30 to 6 o’clock. Eventually, this duo will delight us in the evenings late summer and fall.
Learn more about our universe by checking out the Eye on the Night Sky.
Join Bobby Farlice-Rubio for a monthly Q&A about all things space related. Bring your questions and discoveries to this virtual gathering, starting Thursday April 8.