Sky Highlights - April 2015

Lunar Eclipse
Total Lunar Eclipse of April 4th, 2015

Bright Nova
Nova Sagittarii 2015 No. 2 - binoculars

Bright Comet
Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2)
Cassiopeia, 7th magnitude.
Northern Hemisphere - Visible with binoculars and small telescopes, high in sky early evening.
Southern Hemisphere - Not visible.

Lyrids meteor shower peaks on April 22nd (up to 20 meteors per hour visible)

The Planets
This Month's Guide
Northern Hemisphere
Early evening
West:- Venus (mag. -4.1), Mars (mag. +1.4 first 3 weeks of month), Mercury (mag. -1.0 last week of month)
South:- Jupiter (mag. -2.2)
Evening
West:- Venus
Southwest:- Jupiter
Midnight
East:- Saturn (mag. +0.2)
West:- Jupiter
Morning
Southwest:- Saturn

Southern Hemisphere
Early evening
Northwest:- Venus
North:- Jupiter
Evening
Northwest:- Jupiter
East:- Saturn
Midnight
West:- Jupiter
East:- Saturn
Early Morning
Northeast:- Saturn
East:- Neptune (mag. +8.0)

Deep Sky
Naked Eye:-
Messier 44 - M44 - The Praesepe (Open Cluster)
Binoculars/small scopes:-
Messier 3 - M3 - Globular Cluster
Medium size telescopes:-
Messier 81 - M81 - Bode's Galaxy (Spiral Galaxy)
Messier 82 - M82 - Cigar Galaxy (Starburst Galaxy)
Messier 65 – M65 – Spiral Galaxy
Messier 66 - M66 - Intermediate Spiral Galaxy

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