No matter where you are worldwide, as darkness falls on April 7, 2014, look first for the moon. The nearby star-like point of light will be Jupiter. The moon and Jupiter shine as the brightest and second-brightest heavenly bodies in the April 2014 evening sky.
As seen from mid-northern latitudes – the U.S., Canada, Europe, for example – the moon and the planet Jupiter pop out in the south to southwestern sky at dusk on on April 7. From the tropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere, the moon and Jupiter hang high overhead. In the Southern Hemisphere, the moon and Jupiter appear in the northern sky.
As dusk turns into darkness, three bright stars join up with the moon and Jupiter in the starry sky. The stars Castor and Pollux of the constellation Gemini the Twins. They appear to the north of the moon. Meanwhile, the star Procyon of the constellation Canis Minor the Lesser Dog shines to the south of the moon.
For northerly latitudes, that means you’ll see Castor and Pollux above the moon as darkness falls, and you’ll see Procyon below the moon.
By the way, don’t forget to turn eastward in the evening toward a bright red “star” – really the planet Mars. Earth will pass between Mars and the sun on April 8, 2014, placing the planet closer to Earth and brighter in our sky than it has been for six years.
From southerly latitudes, on the other hand, you’ll see the star Procyon above the moon, and the Gemini stars, Castor and Pollux, below it. Seek for the moon, Jupiter and these stars at nightfall or early evening, or when they’re still high in the sky.
Bottom line: From around the world on April 7, 2014, the moon and Jupiter come out first after sunset, followed by Procyon to the south of the moon, and Castor and Pollux to the north of the moon.