Bruce McClure
April full moon in Virgo

April full moon shines in Virgo

Enjoy the April full moon, as it shines in front of Virgo from dusk till dawn.

Lyrid meteor shower: All you need to know

In 2019, April 23 is the expected peak morning. There will be a bright waning gibbous moon in the sky. Want to make the most of this year’s Lyrid meteor shower? Here’s how.

Sky chart of moon, Arcturus and Spica

Moon to move between 2 colorful stars

On April 16, 17 and 18, 2019, look for the brilliant waxing gibbous moon plus 2 bright and beautiful stars, Arcturus and Spica. Then learn to find Arcturus and Spica when the moon has moved away.

Clock time and sun time agree in mid-April

Sundial and clock agree every year in middle April. It means that, when the midday sun climbs highest, the sundial reads 12 noon and your local clock says 12 noon.

Chart showing Mercury below Venus on April 16, 2019.

Mercury below Venus in morning sky

Around now, look for Mercury below Venus before sunrise. Both will be in the east, near the sunrise point. Venus is very bright; Mercury is fainter and closer to the sunrise. On April 16, 2019, Mercury and Venus will be closest in the morning sky for all of 2019. They should fit into a single binocular field.

Moon in Winter Circle April 10 and 11

What a great time to identify many bright stars! Let the moon be your guide.

Leo? Here’s your constellation

Leo the Lion is one of the easiest constellations to identify in the night sky. April and May are great months to spot it.

Moon swing s by Mars and the Pleiades cluster

Moon, Mars, Pleiades on April 7 to 9

After sunset April 7-9, 2019 – watch the young crescent moon wax larger day by day as it sweeps past the red planet Mars, famous Pleiades star cluster and the red star Aldebaran.

Cor Caroli, named for the heart of a king

Cor Caroli is a binary star and the brightest star in the northern constellation Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs. Its name means Heart of Charles.

Star-hop to the Coma star cluster

Long ago, the Coma star cluster represented the Lion’s tufted tail. Today, we know it as an open star cluster, whose stars were born together and are still loosely bound by gravity.