Weekly Stargazing Tips

Provided by StarDate.org. Unless otherwise specified, viewing times are local time regardless of time zone, and are good for the entire Lower 48 states (and, generally, for Alaska and Hawaii).

April 19: Moon and Gemini

Pollux and Castor, the twins of Gemini, line up to the right of the Moon at nightfall. The trio forms an equally spaced line, with brighter Pollux closer to the Moon.

April 20: Lyrid Meteors

The Lyrid meteor shower is building toward its peak late tomorrow night. Unfortunately, the gibbous Moon will be in the way during the peak hours, so only a few of the shower’s “shooting stars” are likely to shine through.

April 21: Moon and Regulus

Regulus, the bright star that marks the heart of Leo, the lion, huddles to the lower left of the Moon as night falls. The two celestial bodies will appear closer together as they set in the wee hours of the morning.

April 22: More Moon and Regulus

The Moon follows the heart of the lion across the sky tonight. The heart is represented by the bright star Regulus. It stands to the right of the Moon as evening twilight fades. The gap between them will be a little wider as they set in the wee hours of the morning.

April 23: Vanishing Orion

Orion, the hunter, is bowing out of the evening sky. He’s low in the west at nightfall, and his stars begin dropping from view not long afterward. The constellation will be all but lost from sight by the middle of May.

April 24: Morning Jupiter

Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is low in the southeast at first light. It looks like a brilliant star. It will rise earlier and stand higher in the sky as the weeks roll by.

April 25: Moon and Spica

Spica, the leading light of Virgo, appears close to the lower right of the almost-full Moon at nightfall. The bright star will be closer below the Moon as they prepare to set at first light tomorrow.