Current Night Sky: April 2015

There is a Total Lunar Eclipse on April 4, best visible in the western half of the U.S. (See our "What's New" section.)

The Moon & Planets: 
Venus and the Pleiades
Comet Lovejoy
radiant of the Lyrid meteors
Evening Planets (after sunset): 
  • Mars, W
  • Mercury, W
  • Venus, W
  • Jupiter, S
Morning Planets (before sunrise): 
  • Saturn, SW
  • Neptune, E
  • Uranus, E

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is spending its time in Cassiopeia, and hence is a circumpolar object for observers in mid-northern latitudes. However, it has lost a good deal of its brightness and may have dimmed to magnitude 8 – 10. Seeing it will require (at least) binoculars and more likely a telescope. (See chart for its position at midmonth.)


The Lyrid meteors peak on the night of April 22-23.

Phases of the Moon: 
Full Moon April 4 8:06 am EDT
Last Quarter Moon April 11 11:44 pm EDT
New Moon April 18 2:57 pm EDT
First Quarter Moon April 25 7:55 pm EDT

Text, graphics, and animations by John Sheff. Graphics courtesy of Starry Night(©) Pro Plus 7 / Imaginova(©) Corp. Starry Night images are used with permission from Imaginova Corp. Starry Night is a registered trademark of Imaginova Corp. Star charts generated by Starry Night Pro Plus 7 © Imaginova Corp. All rights reserved.