Planets on display during April

Star Gazing

Planets on display during AprilBy ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society

The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next meeting Monday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. The next star party will be held Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m.


1. Jupiter rises in the southeast about 11 p.m. on April 1 and about 10 p.m. on April 30. Look for the shadow of Ganymede crossing Jupiter on the night of April 7-8 from about 10:30 p.m. to midnight.

2. Venus rises in the evening sky this month and will be visible in the west after sunset.

3. Saturn is in the morning sky where it rises in the southeast about 1 a.m. at the start of the month and about 11 p.m. at the end of the month.

4. Mercury moves back to the morning sky late this month. Look for it very low in the east just before sunrise.

5. Mars joins Saturn as it rises in the southeast. Look for them in Sagittarius before sunrise.

6. The Lyrid meteor shower peaks on the morning of April 22.

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Story First Published: 2018-03-30