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OBJECTS IN THE SKY FOR APRIL
Solar System Objects
The only planet visible in the evening sky without using a telescope this month is Mars which is in the southwest sky after sunset and sets around 11:00 p.m. (DST). It is bright and orange-ish in color, but is now almost as far away as it ever gets from Earth, so it is almost impossible to see any details on its surface. Jupiter rises around 1 a.m. at the start of the month, and is up by 11 p.m. at the end of April. Saturn follows it by about 2 hours. Jupiter will be in the evening sky starting mid-May, and Saturn will join it around the middle of June.
Lunar phases this month: New Moon is April 5, First Quarter (best time to look at surface features through binoculars or a telescope) is April 12, Full Moon is April 19, and Last Quarter is the 26th.
Deep Sky Objects
Deep Sky Objects are those beyond the solar system: galaxies, nebulae and stars. As nights become warmer in Spring, look for constellations in the eastern sky that mark the onset on summer: Leo (the lion) , Virgo with its bright star Spica, Bootes (the herdsman) defined by its bright star Arcturus. And the Summer Triangle is rising in the east: Deneb in Cygnus (the swan), Altair in Aquila (the eagle) and Vega in Lyra (the lyre). As these objects grow higher in the sky, the likelihood of snow diminishes with each passing day!