Last Week's Stargazing Tips

April 20: Moon, Venus, Aldebaran

The Moon is joined in the west this evening by Venus, the brilliant “evening star,” and by Aldebaran, the eye of the bull. Venus stands above the Moon, with Aldebaran to their left.

April 19: Lyrid Meteors

The Lyrid meteor shower is building toward its peak on Tuesday night. The best views come in the wee hours of the morning, when your part of Earth turns most directly into the meteor stream. There is no moonlight to spoil the view.

April 18: New Moon

The Moon is “new” today as it crosses between Earth and the Sun, beginning a new month-long cycle of phases. It should return to view as a thin crescent low in the western sky shortly after sunset on Sunday or Monday.

April 17: Crater

The constellation Crater, the cup, dribbles across the south on spring nights. Eight stars outline the cup, but they are so faint that you need a fairly dark sky to see any of them. That is only because they are a great distance away, though.

April 16: Perseus

The constellation Perseus is low in the west as night falls right now. It looks like a couple of intersecting chains of stars spread out to the right of Venus, the “evening star.”

April 15: Venus and Aldebaran

Venus, the brilliant “evening star,” stands a few degrees to the right of Aldebaran, the bright orange eye of Taurus, the bull, this evening. Venus will move past Aldebaran over the next couple of nights, then begin to slowly pull away from the star.

April 14: Corvus

Tiny Corvus, the crow, scoots low across the southern sky on spring evenings. If you have a dark sky, look for the outline of a bird with outstretched wings. Corvus is low in the southeast at nightfall, and stands almost due south around midnight.

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