Sky Highlights - April 2016

Comet
How to see comet 252P/LINEAR with binoculars and small telescopes during April 2016

Jupiter and the Moon
Jupiter and the waxing gibbous Moon close together during the evenings of April 17/18, 2016

Meteor shower
Lyrids meteor shower peaks on the evening of April 21/22, 2016

Mercury
Mercury reaches greatest elongation east on April 18th

The Planets
This Month's Guide

Algol Minima
Algol eclipse dates and times for April 2016

Northern Hemisphere
Evening
West:- Mercury (mag. -1.4 to +2.1)
Southeast:- Jupiter (mag. -2.4)
Midnight
Southwest:- Jupiter
Southeast:- Mars (mag. -0.5 to -1.4), Saturn (mag. +0.3)
Morning
West:- Jupiter
South:- Mars, Saturn

Southern Hemisphere
Evening
Northeast:- Jupiter
Midnight
Northwest:- Jupiter
East:- Mars, Saturn
Morning
North:- Mars, Saturn
East:- Venus (mag. -3.8), Neptune (mag. +8.0)

Deep Sky
Naked Eye:-
Melotte 111 - Mel 111 - The Coma Star Cluster (Open Cluster)
Messier 44 - M44 - The Praesepe (Open Cluster)
NGC 869 and NGC 884 - The Double Cluster - Open Clusters
Binoculars / Small telescopes:-
Messier 13 – M13 - Great Hercules Globular Cluster
Messier 3 - M3 - Globular Cluster
Messier 81 - M81 - Bode's Galaxy (Spiral Galaxy)
Messier 82 - M82 - Cigar Galaxy (Starburst Galaxy)

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