The nights are getting short and the days are becoming longer. Dawn breaks at 4:59am to open the month with 12hours and 45 minutes of daylight. By April 31, dawn occurs at 4:02am and daylight increases to 14 hours and 1 minute.
Mercury rises about 45 minutes before sunrise to open the month limiting our chances for viewing. You'll need binoculars or a small telescope even to get a glimpse. After the mid-month Mercury will be lost in the sun's glare.
The last Quarter moon is Tuesday, April 2.
Mars in solar conjunction and will be lost in the sun's glare this month and will not be seen again until later this year.
The moon is New on Wednesday, April 10.
Jupiter rises in the late morning and should be low in the western sky at sunset. Look for Jupiter to the east of the crescent moon as they set together in the western sky on Sunday, April 14.
The first Quarter moon is Thursday, April 18.
Saturn rises in the late evening hours to open the month on Monday, April 1 in the southeast sky and stays pretty low in the sky then setting after sunrise in the southwest sky. The full moon and Saturn will closely follow each others path the night of Thursday, April 25, look for Saturn north of the full moon. The ringed planet will be in opposition and visible throughout the entire night on Sunday, April 28.
The moon is Full on Thursday, April 25.
Venus is a morning planet throughout the month, rising after sunrise. Venus will be and setting before sunset, making it impossible to view until summer.
Other notable highlights include:
Lyrid Meteor Shower: Monday, April 22. Eastern sky after midnight.
Apogee: Moon furthest from Earth on Tuesday, April 16.
Perigee: Moon closest to Earth on Saturday, April 27.
Morning Planets: Mercury, Saturn (1-28)
Evening Planets: Jupiter, Saturn (28-30)