Sky Watch: April 2016

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Welcome to the April 2016 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s night sky highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets. 

Sky Watch April 2016

by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)

What’s up in April? Here are the highlights:

  • Mercury’s best 2016 evening star appearance unfolds in the first week of April, 40 minutes after sunset in the west.
  • Orange Aldebaran is occulted by the Moon soon after nightfall on the 10th and is best seen from the eastern United States and Canada.
  • Mars, retrograding, brightens dramatically to magnitude –1.3 and rises before midnight at midmonth.  
  • Dangling just below Mars all month is the orange supergiant Antares, whose very name means “The Rival of Mars.” 
  • Brilliant Jupiter hovers just above the Moon on the 17th. 
  • On the 25th, the gibbous Moon forms a dramatic triangle with Mars to its lower right and Saturn to its lower left. 
  • All inhabit the constellation of Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer.

For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Sky Map April 2016

skymap_april2016_0.pngUse 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 free April Sky Map!


The 2016 Old Farmer's Almanac

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