Monday, April 20, 2015

Tonight's Sky for April 20: The Moon, Clusters, and Venus

Tonight, there is going to be quite a show just after sunset, the entirety of which is visible to the naked eye! To see the sights, simply head out in the early evening as the sky starts to dim and look West. The Moon will be impossible to miss. Moon found, look above it and try and spot a cloudy patch of sky larger than the Full Moon. This haze is actually the Pleiades, one of the closest star clusters to Earth. Also known as the Seven Sisters, try and see how many individual stars you can spot. Below and left of the Pleiades and close to the Moon, look for a sideways 'V' of stars set off by bright orange Aldebaran, alpha Taurus. This cluster is the Hyades, which makes up the cosmic bull's nose. If that were not enough, Venus is nearby, too. The best part, no optical aid is required!

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