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The Night Sky Notes is a place on our web site that we use to keep skywatchers up to date on what's up in the sky. Check back often to find out what's new and visible in our ever changing sky. As we learn about something new, we'll post it to this page as soon as we can. If you like to subscribe to news feeds, click the RSS link below. The posts will automatically show up in your news aggregator or feed reader.

If you would like more detailed information including star charts, check out our Sky Calendar. For just $11.00 per year, you'll get 12 issues mailed to you. Proceeds from the Sky Calendar help support the Abrams Planetarium and Night Sky Notes.

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Night Sky Note for April 25, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014
A thin crescent Moon is about 6 degrees above Venus. Look ESE at dawn


Night Sky Note for April 24, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014
The waning crescent Moon is less than 20 degrees to the upper right of Venus. Look ESE in the dawn sky.


Night Sky Note for April 23, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The crescent Moon is about 30 degrees to the upper right of Venus. Look ESE in the dawn sky.


Night Sky Note for April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Lyrid meteor shower peaks in the predawn sky. Be on the lookout for shooting stars.


Night Sky Note for April 21, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014
Orion is still visible in the southwest in the evening sky. Orion sets about three hours after sunset.


Night Sky Note for April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Jupiter and Mars are 90 degrees apart. Look ESE for Mars and southwest for Jupiter an hour after sunset.


Night Sky Note for April 19, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Mars is 10 degrees above Spica. Look ESE an hour after sunset.


Night Sky Note for April 18, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014
The Moon is above Antares. Look southwest an hour before sunrise.


Night Sky Note for April 17, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Moon is close to Saturn. Look southwest an hour before sunrise.


Night Sky Note for April 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Jupiter is shining bright in the evening sky. Jupiter sets about six hours after sunset.


Night Sky Note for April 15, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Mars is now moving away from Earth. The red planet is 57,407,000 miles away today. By the month end, Mars will be 2,175,000 miles farther away than today.


Night Sky Note for April 14, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014
Lunar Eclipse overnight! Monday night into Tuesday morning there will be a lunar eclipse. Partial eclipse begins at 1:58 a.m. EDT. Totality begins at 3:06 a.m. EDT.


Night Sky Note for April 13, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Moon is to the upper right of Mars. Look ESE an hour after sunset.


Night Sky Note for April 12, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Venus rises about an hour and 45 minutes before sunrise. Look to the ESE.


Night Sky Note for April 11, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014
The Moon is between Mars and the star Regulus.


Night Sky Note for April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014
The waxing gibbous Moon is near Regulus.


Night Sky Note for April 9, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The waxing gibbous Moon is near Regulus. On the night of the 14th, there will be a lunar eclipse. On that night, the eclipsed Moon will be near Spica and Mars.


Night Sky Note for April 8, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Mars is at opposition. Look ESE an hour after sunset. Mars is less than a degree from the 4th magnitude star Theta Virgo. Mars is shining bright at -1.5 magnitude.


Night Sky Note for April 7, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014
The crescent Moon is to the upper left of Jupiter. Look an hour after sunset in the southwest.


Night Sky Note for April 6, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014
The crescent Moon is to the lower left of Jupiter. Look an hour after sunset in the southwest.


Please send any comments, suggestions, or questions to
John French: frenchj@ msu.edu