Bruce McClure has served as lead writer for EarthSky's popular Tonight pages since 2004. He's a sundial aficionado, whose love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and sailing in the North Atlantic, where he earned his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. He also writes and hosts public astronomy programs and planetarium programs in and around his home in upstate New York.
Despite its location far in the Southern Hemisphere, the constellation of the Southern Cross is visible to those located in the Northern Hemisphere, as long as you are far enough south and know just when to look.
April 2021 showcases 3 bright planets. Mars is the only easy-to-see bright planet in the evening sky. Jupiter and Saturn adorn the early morning hours. Mercury and Venus hover too close to the sun’s glare for easy viewing.
Omega Centauri is the largest and finest globular star cluster visible to the eye alone. You can see it in a dark sky. Binoculars or a telescope show it best. In late March, the moon can help you find the star Spica, which can later lead you to the cluster.