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Lyrids and others via NASA/MSFC/D. Moser
Tonight | Apr 18, 2014

Everything you need to know: Lyrid meteor shower

In 2014, Lyrid meteor shower peaks on Earth Day morning, April 22. Bright moon interferes, but the Lyrids are bright, too, and can withstand some moonlight.

Beginning late at night on April 18-19, the bright star i the moon's vicinity is Antares in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion.  Antares is considered the Heart of the Scorpion.
Tonight | Apr 18, 2014

Moon and Scorpion rise after Orion sets night of April 18-19

The most famous winter constellation, Orion, is never in the sky at the same time as the most famous summer constellation, Scorpius.

Moon,, Saturn and Antares from midnight till dawn April 18 Read more
Tonight | Apr 17, 2014

Moon, red supergiant star Antares rise late on April 17-18

The waning gibbous moon and the red supergiant star Antares won’t rise until late evening on April 17. Once they’re up, however, they’ll be out for rest of the night.

Meteor via Cumbrian Sky
Blogs | Tonight | Apr 16, 2014

Start looking for Lyrid meteors!

The Lyrid meteor shower’s peak morning is April 22, but you might see meteors before that date since we’re crossing the Lyrid meteor stream from about April 16 to 25.

Moon, Saturn from mid-evening until dawn on April 16-17 Read more
Tonight | Apr 16, 2014

Moon, Saturn from mid-evening until dawn on April 16-17

Throughout April 2014, Jupiter and Mars come out first thing after sunset, and Venus is seen in the east before sunrise. But tonight – on the night of April 16-17, 2014 – the moon is your guide to the ringed planet Saturn.

Equation of Time on Sundial by John Carmichael
Tonight | Apr 15, 2014

Sundial noon and clock noon agree in middle April

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

Lunar eclipse illustration courtesy of Luc Viatour
FAQs | Apr 14, 2014

What is a Blood Moon?

A lunar tetrad – four total lunar eclipses in a row – begins on the night of April 14-15. People are calling it a Blood Moon eclipse. Here’s why.

Total lunar eclipse in 2004 by Fred Espenak
Tonight | Apr 14, 2014

Total lunar eclipse for the Americas on night of April 14-15

The eclipse of April 14-15, 2014 is the first in a series of four eclipses – a tetrad – all of which will be visible from North America. Many will call it a Blood Moon.

The moon will be close to Mars as darkness falls on April 13. The night after, on April 14-15, the full moon will again be close to Mars, and staging a total lunar eclipse.
Tonight | Apr 13, 2014

Watch for Mars near moon on April 13-14

Mars near moon tonight. Mars precisely closest to Earth tomorrow. Mars near moon during tomorrow night’s total lunar eclipse. These are awesome nights to watch the sky!

Credit: Peter Wienerroither
Tonight | Apr 12, 2014

Brightest Mars in six years on eclipse night

Earth passed between Mars and the sun on April 8. Our two worlds are closest on April 14. On that night, Mars is near the moon at the time of a total eclipse!