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Tonight | Apr 25, 2015

First quarter moon with Jupiter on April 25

Be sure to watch the magnificent pairing of the moon and Jupiter as darkness falls on these next few evenings – April 25, 26 and 27. The moon and Jupiter rank as the brightest and third-brightest heavenly bodies of nighttime. What’s the second-brightest? It’s blazing planet Venus, also beaming in your western sky at dusk…read more »

The Winter Circle as seen from mid-northern latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, adding the planet Jupiter and the ecliptic.
Tonight | Apr 23, 2015

Moon in Winter Circle, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury

As seen from N. America, tonight’s moon is about midway between Jupiter and Venus, inside the Winter Circle. Plus … a binocular challenge. Mercury!

If you miss the young moon on April 19, try again as the waxing crescent moon swings close to the Pleiades cluster on April 20, and the star Aldebaran on April 21. Fortunately, the moon will set early, leaving dark skies for the April 2015 Lyrid meteor shower. The green line depicts the ecliptic.
Tonight | Apr 21, 2015

Moon and Venus early evening, Lyrids before dawn

The moon and Venus are beautiful after sunset, then – conveniently – set in early evening, leaving the sky dark for meteor-watching.

Composite image of Lyrid and no-Lyrid meteors over New Mexico from April 21-23, 2012.  Image via NASA/MSFC/Danielle Moser
Tonight | Apr 20, 2015

Start watching for Lyrid meteors

The 2015 Lyrid meteor shower is active from about April 16-25. You might see a Lyrid now before dawn! Best mornings to watch: April 22 and 23.

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Tonight | Apr 19, 2015

Young moon below Venus, near Mars, on April 19

You’ll want an unobstructed horizon in the sunset direction to catch the young waxing crescent moon on April 19. If you do see it, it’ll be beautiful!

Photo by Justin Ng
Tonight | Apr 18, 2015

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2015

Yay! It’s almost meteor season again. Next up … the Lyrid meteor shower on the mornings of April 22 and 23.

Lyrids and others via NASA/MSFC/D. Moser
Tonight | Apr 18, 2015

Everything you need to know: Lyrid meteor shower

Awesome Lyrid prospects this year! You might see 10 to 20 meteors per hour at the peak on the mornings of April 22åç and 23, with the nod going to April 23.

April 17, 2015 old moon via Irenilda M Neves
Blogs | Apr 18, 2015

Shortest lunar month of 2015 starts April 18

The shortest lunar month of 2015 starts with the April 18 new moon and ends May 18. Learn about the varying lengths of the lunar months, here.

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Tonight | Apr 18, 2015

Faint star in Bootes makes history

In 2007, astronomers caught the star Tau Boötis flipping its north and south magnetic poles. This star’s story, and how to find it in the night sky.

Closest and farthest moons
Blogs | Apr 17, 2015

Moon at perigee – nearest point to Earth – April 17

The intriguing cycle of closest and farthest moons. Plus, dates for 2015’s 13 perigees (closest points) and 13 apogees (farthest points).