Fri., April 10 6:10 7:16
Sat., April 11 6:08 7:17
Sun., April 12 6:07 7:18
Mon., April 13 6:05 7:19
Tues., April 14 6:03 7:20
Wed., April 15 6:02 7:21
Thurs., April 16 6:00 7:22
Fri., April 17 5:59 7:24
The one-day old Full Moon appears tonight in the zodiacal constellation Libra. The moon is already moving into the constellations we associate with summer. On Sunday night, the moon appears low in the Southern sky, in the zodiacal constellation Scorpius. The red star Antares appears nearby.
On Wednesday, the gibbous moon appears in the zodiacal constellation Sagittarius, a constellation we associate with late summer, but you’ve got to stay up late to see it.
Saturn couldn’t be better placed for planet watchers. He is high in the Southern sky late at night and impressive through even a small telescope. The rings of the planet are edge on, nearly in line with the Earth. Later this year, even the biggest telescopes will have a hard time seeing the rings as they appear as a thin line, not as the donut we are used to seeing.
The bright planet Venus appears low in the southeastern sky prior to sunrise. Venus rises an hour before the sun; only those with a good view of the eastern sky will see it. The planet will be easier to spot later this month when it rises higher. Astronomers estimate Venus is only 29 million miles away, while our Sun is close to 93 million miles away. Light from Venus takes 3 minutes to get here, while light from the Sun takes eight minutes.