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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

April 20, 2018

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The fat, waxing Crescent Moon sits among a grand collection of bright stars, including Orion below, Venus to the lower right, Sirius, the Dog Star to the lower left. Well left of the Moon is Procyon, the Little Dog, while Capella sits on the right, and the Twins of Gemini above.

  • April 21:

    Late tonight into tomorrow morning, the Lyrid Meteor Shower reaches its annual peak. An average of 10 to 20 "shooting stars" can be seen on a dark, clear night. The Moon is just shy of its First Quarter Moon, setting near 1:45 AM, giving us dark skies through 4:30 AM, during the "prime time" to view meteors.

  • April 22:

    With the Moon reaching its First Quarter this evening, look for it high in the southwest, shining to the lower right of the "twin" bright stars of Gemini, Pollux on the left, and Castor on the right well above the Moon. To the lower left of the Moon, you'll find the bright star Procyon, the only prominent star in Canis Minor, the Little Dog.