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On a clear night, you can see...
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
The Night Sky
 
April 2017:
 

1st Comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak between Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (look for the Plough).
6th Moon lies near multiple star system Regulus in the constellation of Leo.
7th Jupiter reaches opposition and is visible all night long lying in the constellation Virgo and shines far brighter than any star.
10th Moon is close to Jupiter with bright star Spica below in the constellation of Virgo.
17th Moon lies to the left of Saturn in the morning
21st Maximum of Lyrid meteor shower emanating from constellation Lyra in the North East.
22nd Maximum of Lyrid meteor shower emanating from constellation Lyra in the North East.
24th Thin crescent Moon lies below Venus in the morning.
28th Crescent Moon appears near double star Aldebaran with Mars to the right in the constellation of Taurus.

 

Jupiter is at its closest to Earth this month. It lies within the Y shaped constellation Virgo.
After sunset look low in the West for Mercury settling two hours after the sun.
Mars is on the move from Aries to Taurus.
Saturn rises around 1am in sagittarius.
Venus rises an hour before the Sun.
Uranus and Neptune are lost in the Sun's glare this month.
Dim comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is high in the sky between Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (look for the Plough) and moves on towards constellation Draco joined by Comet Johnson towards the end of the month in the constellation Hercules.

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