The Night Sky - April 2020
As spring advances and the Sun climbs ever higher on the ecliptic, the nights grow shorter. Leo stands proud on the
meridian due south around 10pm led by the 'Sickle' asterism which includes the white first magnitude star Regulus (roughly
halfway up the sky). To the west the 'twin' stars of Gemini (Castor and Pollux) reside while the dim constellation Cancer fills the
space between Leo and Gemini.
High Lights of the Month
- 3rd (evening): Venus within the Pleiades Cluster
- 15th (before dawn): Moon joins three planets (Mars, Saturn and Jupiter)
- 21-22nd (evening): The peak of the Lyrids Meteor Shower
- 25th (after sunset): A very thin crescent Moon lies between the Hyades and Pleiades Clusters
Lyrids Meteor Shower
The Lyrids are a moderately active shower which frequently provides approx 10 or meteors an hour at the peak of its activity. This year
the peak is predicted to be around midnight on the 21st/22nd of the month. The Lyrid's radiant lies in the constellation of Lyra, close to the bright star Vega.
Information collated from Jodrell Bank and Astronomy Now magazine