Night sky highlights for April 2023

** What’s Up: April 2023 Skywatching Tips from NASA – NASA JPL

Mercury reaches its highest in the evening sky for the year for Northern Hemisphere observers. The Moon makes its monthly rounds to pair up beautifully with several planets. And viewing conditions may be ideal for the annual Lyrid meteor shower, thanks to no interference from the Moon.

0:00 Intro
0:11 Mercury
1:11 Moon & planet highlights
2:43 Lyrid meteor shower
4:08 April Moon phases

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** Tonight’s Sky: April 2023 – Space Telescope Science InstituteTonight’s Sky

Clear April nights are filled with starry creatures. Near the Big Dipper, you will find several interesting binary stars. You can also spot galaxies like the Pinwheel Galaxy, M82, and M96—the last of which is an asymmetric galaxy that may have been gravitationally disrupted by encounters with its neighbors. Keep watching for space-based views of these celestial objects.

… “Tonight’s Sky” is a monthly video of constellations you can observe in the night sky. The series is produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of science operations for the Hubble Space Telescope, in partnership with NASA’s Universe of Learning. This is a recurring show, and you can find more episodes—and other astronomy videos—at….

** What to see in the night sky: April 2023BBC Sky at Night Magazine

What’s in the night sky tonight? Astronomers Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel guide us through April’s night-sky highlights, including Mercury’s favourable position in the evening sky, a wonderful encounter between Venus and the Pleiades, Mars in Gemini and the Lyrid meteor shower.

** Sky & Telescope’s Sky Tour Podcast – April 2023 – Sky & Telescope Youtube

Our monthly Sky Tour #astronomy #podcast provides an informative and entertaining 10-minute guided tour of the nighttime sky. Listen to the April episode and follow the #Moon around the sky; spot #Venus and #Mercury soon after #sunset; track down a hunter, a lion, a bear, a snake, and a crow; and watch for the #Lyrids, a modest meteor shower toward month’s end.

See also

** What’s in the Night Sky April 2023 – Hybrid Solar Eclipse | Lyrid Meteor ShowerAlyn Wallace

00:00 Intro
00:24 Pink Paschal Moon
01:14 Milky Way
02:26 Mercury Elongation
03:33 Venus and Pleiades
04:12 Mars
04:29 Saturn
04:40 Hybrid Solar Eclipse
05:45 Lyrid Meteor Shower
07:03 Summary
07:14 WITNS Winners

** Night Sky Notebook April 2023Peter Detterline

Find out what’s happening in the sky when you look up in April 2023.

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