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Welcome to this month's Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac. We'll tell you the best times to view celestial highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets. 

Sky Watch April 2015

by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)

A total lunar eclipse on the 4th is visible before dawn from the western states and provinces; elsewhere in North America, only its beginning phase can be glimpsed before the Moon sets.

Mars is now too close to the Sun to be seen. Venus passes just left of the Seven Sisters star cluster between the 10th and the 13th. Jupiter stands high in the south at nightfall.

Mercury begins a fine apparition in the west at dusk on the 23rd. The crescent Moon passes just left of Venus on the 21st and meets Jupiter on the 25th and 26th.

Saturn rises before 11:00 P.M., in Scorpius. Mercury passes just left of the Seven Sisters on the 30th; use binoculars. 

Sky Map April 2015

Use our Sky Maps (Star Charts) to locate the stars, planets, and other objects in the sky. 

We offer printable sky maps, too, to help you know what you're seeing when you look up!

Click here for our April 2015 Sky Map!

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