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Evening Gathering April 21, 2015 April 20, 2015

Posted by aquillam in Astronomy, MichiganAstro, Urban Observing.
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There’s a gathering of goodies for urban observers this week in the west.

The best night is April 21, about half an hour after sunset. Venus, the Moon and Aldebaran gather about 30º above the west horizon that night. to the right and a little lower, you’ll find the Pleiades. Grab a pair of binoculars or a small ‘scope to find Mars and Mercury, just above the WNW horizon. As long as you have those binoculars out, look over to the WSW for the Orion nebula, M42.

If you miss the evening of the 21, don’t worry. You’ll get a few more nights for everything but the Moon. And if it’s Mercury you’re after, next week will be better.

Looking west at 8:45 PM on April 21 from Ann Arbor.

Looking west at 8:45 PM on April 21 from Ann Arbor.

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