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Moon and Venus before Sunday’s sunrise

Before sunrise on April 23, 2017, you’ll find a beautiful pairing of the waning crescent moon and dazzling planet Venus in your eastern sky.

Before dawn, Lyrid meteors and Venus!

Assuming your sky is clear, you’ll love seeing the moon and Venus before dawn April 22. Plus you might catch 10 to 20 meteors per hour in 2017’s Lyrid meteor shower.

Last quarter moon rises around midnight

You might spot the moon after sunrise on April 18 or 19, high in the sky. Did you know a last quarter moon is slightly fainter than a first quarter moon? Learn why here.

Mars near Pleiades cluster at nightfall

Mars and the Pleiades star cluster will fit (or nearly fit) in the same binocular field all this week. They’ll come closest together on the sky’s dome on or near April 22.

All you need to know: Lyrid meteors

April 22 is the likely peak morning. Try April 21 and 23 as well. For this year’s Lyrid meteor shower, the moon is out of the way!

Jupiter and Spica to Omega Centauri

Omega Centauri is the largest and finest star cluster visible to the eye alone from the Northern Hemisphere. Binoculars or a telescope show even more. A dark sky is best!

Sundial and clock agree in middle April

Every year in mid-April, clock time and sun time agree. That means that, when the midday sun climbs highest, the sundial reads 12 noon and your local clock says 12 noon.

Moon and Saturn close in morning sky

From anywhere on Earth – on the mornings of April 15, 16 and 17 – Saturn will be a bright golden object near the waning gibbous moon. The red star Antares is also nearby.

See a daytime moon around now

These next few mornings are a good time to look for a daytime moon. Look west in the hours shortly after sunrise.

Mizar and Alcor, famous double star

Find Mizar and its fainter companion star Alcor in the Big Dipper’s handle.