In The Sky

We are indebted to Arthur Black for supplying this information.
Should you wish to communicate with Arthur, please email him at:  arthur.black10@btinternet.com

Before the usual info, I thought I would mention the Starlink satellites. They are worth looking out for. You can download an app (Apple or Android) to find out when and where they will appear. My neighbour and I saw about 14 or 15 all crossing the sky over a period of eight minutes last week. Rather impressive. [2nd May 2020]

Here is stargazing info for April 2021.

  • 5th Saturn lies to the left of the Moon 6am SE
  • 6th Saturn lies above the crescent Moon with Jupiter to the left 6am SE
  • 7th Jupiter is close to the Moon with Saturn to the right 6am SE
  • 12th New Moon
  • 14th Moon near the Pleiades star cluster 9pm WNW
  • 15th Moon between the Pleaides and Hyades star clusters and the star Aldebaran 9pm NW
  • 16th Moon between star Aldebaran and Mars 9pm W
  • 17th Moon near Mars 9pm W
  • 19th Moon near twin stars Castor and Pollux 11pm W
  • 21st/22nd Peak of Lyrids meteor shower after 11pm NE
  • 22nd Moon near star Regulus 10.30pm SW
  • 25th Mercury near Venus 8.30pm W
  • 25th Moon near star Spica 10.30pm S
  • 27th Full Moon Supermoon am
  • 29th Moon near star Antares 5am SSW

Planets :-

Mars - in the evening sky. Moving from Taurus into Gemini. Sets around 1.30am.

Uranus - lies in Aries. Sets about 9pm. 

Venus - second half of the month starts to appear after sunset and sets at 9.15pm by the end of April. May be difficult to view this month. 

Mercury - lies to the right of Venus on 25th April and over the next week it rises above Venus. 

Jupiter - in the morning sky. Lies in Capricornus. Rises around 4.30am in the SE. 

Saturn - also in the morning sky in Capricornus rising around 4am in the SE. 

Neptune - appears in the morning sky by the end of the month in Aquarius to the left of Jupiter and Saturn. 

Lyrids meteor shower - 13th April to 29th April Peak 22nd April 18 meteors per hour

Northern Aquarids meteor shower - 18th April to 27th May Peak 6th May 40 meteors per hour

Never look at the Sun with the naked eye or through binoculars or a telescope as doing this will blind you.

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