Night Sky Map for April 2017
The Highlights of the Month
- Mercury in twilight evening skies during early April – best seeing conditions April 1st to April 10th .
- April skies, Milky Way visible high overhead on moonless evenings in darker skies.
- Jupiter dominates our late evening skies, cloud belts and four of Jupiter’s moons visible in a small telescope.
- Double cluster, on the Perseus / Cassiopeia border high overhead, nice pair of star clusters.
- Pleiades (Seven Sister’s) star cluster (M45) and Hyades cluster in Taurus (lunar occultation April 10th)
- Beehive cluster (M44) visible to the unaided eye but best seen with binoculars.
- Comet 41P close approach April 1st (see notes) visible in binoculars / telescope in dark skies
- Comet 2015 V2 (Johnson), binocular / telescopic in Hercules low in the east late evening (see notes)
- Telescopic triplet of galaxies M65/M66/NGC3628 in the constellation of Leo
- Virgo cluster of Galaxies, brighter members of the cluster can be seen with small telescopes or binoculars.
- International Dark Skies Week 2017 – Refer to LAS website home page for details.
- ISS Visibility – Early evening / mid evening passes during the first week in April – see web site for link / details.
- 2.8% waxing crescent Moon is visible low in the west after sunset , Earthshine faintly illuminates.
For more info on the night sky in April, please see our detailed Sky Notes