Astronomy Events in 2018


Astronomy in April 2018

If the clouds clear, why not grab your binoculars and take a look at the night sky. 
The nights are getting lighter as summer approaches... Here are some suggestions.

1 April: M104 is well placed

3 April: Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter

4 April: M94 is well placed

14 April: M51 is well placed

17 April: M3 is well placed

16 April: New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the
Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. A good time to observe faint objects
such as galaxies and star clusters.

22 April: M101 is well placed

22 to 23 April: Lyrid Meteor Shower. Expected to peak between 22 and 23 April
with about 20 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by
comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. The shower runs annually from 16 to 25 April.
These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several
seconds. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will
radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

29 April: Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation (27 degrees from the Sun).
This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above
the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just
before sunrise.

30 April: Full Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth
as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated.

30 April: Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter

For more ideas and information on what to observe this month, please visit

Jodrell Bank's Night Sky Guide