Home | Services | Store | Downloads | Articles | Help
Astronomy & Space Articles
As published in The Evening Sky Map
Skymaps.com/store -- Recommended Books & Products for Skywatchers
New BooksStar AtlasesPlanispheresGetting StartedObserving GuidesTelescope BooksKids BooksSky Myths
AlmanacsHistory & ArtistryStar Map PrintsAstroPhotographyTelescopes & BinocularsMediaAstro Calendars

    Articles > April 2017
Back | Next

50 Things to see with a Small Telescope
2017 Guide to the Night Sky

A monthly guide to the night sky in 2017 with star charts, sky calendar, planet data, moon phases, and meteor showers.
More info | Buy now

Customer Reviews


All sky watchers need a planisphere to quickly show the location of stars and constellations for any date and time. Note: Planispheres are designed for specific latitudes so be sure to select one for your latitude.

The Night Sky Planisphere

A very popular 8-inch diameter, two-sided planisphere (plastic) designed to depict the night sky with less distortion than regular planispheres. Available for several latitudes, and in a smaller 5-inch edition.
More info | Buy now
• Only $11.95 •

150+ Customer Reviews

Night Sky Editions
Latitude 20° to 30° North
Latitude 30° to 40° North
Latitude 40° to 50° North
Latitude 50° to 60° North
Southern Hemisphere
(more info)

Guide to the Stars

(5th Edition, Jan. 2013)
A very large 16-inch diameter information-rich planisphere (plastic) for use anywhere between latitude 30° & 60° North. Also available in a Southern Hemisphere edition.
More info | Buy now
• Save 10-20% •

150+ Customer Reviews

More Planispheres

The Evening Sky Map

Thank You.

  Sky Calendar -- April 2017
1 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 9h UT. Occultation visible from southern Asia, Japan, and Korea.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
1 Mercury at greatest elongation east (19° from Sun, evening sky) at 10h UT. Mag. 0.0.
3 First Quarter Moon at 18:40 UT.
5 Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 12h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
7 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 4h UT. Occultation visible from southern South America.
Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
7 Jupiter at opposition at 21h UT. Best time to observe the largest planet in the solar system. Mag. −2.5.
Opposition (Wikipedia)
10 Moon near Jupiter (midnight sky) at 23h UT. Mag. −2.5.
11 Full Moon at 6:08 UT.
11 Moon near Spica (midnight sky) at 10h UT.
15 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 7h UT.
15 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 10h UT (distance 405,475 km; angular size 29.5').
16 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 19h UT. Mag. 0.3.
19 Last Quarter Moon at 9:59 UT.
20 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 6h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
21 Mars 3.5° SSE of the Pleiades (28° from Sun, evening sky) at 20h UT. Mag. 1.6.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
22 Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 12h UT. Active April 16-25. Radiant is between Hercules and Lyra. Expect 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors per hour at its peak.
Observing the Lyrids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar 2017 (IMO)
23 Moon near Venus (morning sky) at 21h UT. Mag. −4.5.
26 New Moon at 12:17 UT. Start of lunation 1167.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
26 Venus at its brightest at 19h UT. Mag. −4.5.
27 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 16:14 UT (359,327 km; angular size 33.3').
28 Moon near the Pleiades (23° from Sun, evening sky) at 2h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
28 Moon near Mars (27° from Sun, evening sky) at 9h UT. Mag. 1.6.
28 Moon near Aldebaran (32° from Sun, evening sky) at 18h UT. Occultation visible from eastern Europe and north central Africa.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • USA Eastern Summer Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Standard Time = UT + 10 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

Download the latest issue of The Evening Sky Map.

Follow Skymaps.com on Twitter. Receive news of updated sky maps, reminders of Sky Calendar events, and other noteworthy news for sky watchers. And it's FREE!

Sky Calendar References:

Copyright - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy - Contact Us

Copyright © 2000-2017 Kym Thalassoudis. All Rights Reserved.