The nights are shorter and the days are longer, which means less time for stargazing. The good news is that the days and nights are warmer, making star gazing a little more enjoyable.
Mercury opens the month rising about an hour before sunrise low in the eastern sky. It will be tough to see if not in a viewing without any obstructions. Don't confuse Venus with Mercury, which will be the brighter planet also low in the eastern sky. Chances are the planet you're viewing is Venus, as Mercury will be very difficult to view.
The moon is New on Thursday, April 4.
As mentioned previously, Venus rises low in the eastern sky about an hour before sunrise along with Mercury. Look for Venus to the left of the moon on Monday, April 1 a few minutes before 6am.
The first Quarter moon is Friday, April 12.
Mars rises in the late morning hours and will be clearly visible after sunset in the western sky. Look for Mars above waxing crescent moon the evening of Monday, April 8.
The moon is Full on Friday, April 19.
Jupiter will be in the southeastern sky before sunrise, rising around 1:00am to open the month. Jupiter will be rising higher and higher before sunrise as the month goes on, providing better viewing opportunities. The waning full moon will be to the right of Jupiter during the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 23.
The last Quarter moon is Friday, April 26.
Saturn joins Jupiter in the overnight and early morning sky. The moon will be to the right of Saturn the morning of Thursday, April 25.
Morning Planets: Mercury (dawn), Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune
Evening Planets: Mars, Uranus