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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

April 9, 2020

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    On the "other side of night", the early morning hours remain host to the trio of planets that have been greeting early risers over the past month. Look for Jupiter, bright but low in the southeast near 4:45 AM, with the much fainter Saturn to its left, while Mars is an equal distance even more to the left, fading as the twilight brightens after 5:30 AM.

  • April 10:

    As the bright winter stars of Orion retire in the west, two lonely bright stars rise toward their summer prominence in the skies in the east. Looking high in the northeast to find the Big Dipper, and follow the “arc” of its handle lower and to the right, locating the star Arcturus. Then continue the line farther right, where you can “spy” the star Spica, a blue-white beauty.

  • April 11:

    As the clock chimes midnight, the waning Gibbous Moon shines well above the rising star Antares, the red star known as the "heart" of Scorpius, the Scorpion, very low in the southeast They climb higher in the wee hours of the morning, cresting due south at 4 o'clock.

Star Charts

  • March 19, 2020 - April 30, 2020:

    Moon phases through the month of April

    Moon phases through the month of April