The Nighttime Sky for April-May, 2021:

The Planets:
Venus set to return to the western evening sky. After passing superior conjunction (the sun directly between the earth and Venus) on March 26, Venus will slowly become visible by mid to late April and then becoming more dominate as the "Evening star" in the western evening sky in May and June. Mars has dimmed dramatically since last summer and is now just a dim ruddy red object high in the western sky at sunset. Mars sets around 12:45 am in early April and will set about a minute earlier each night as it continues slowly dim. Saturn and Jupiter continue to seperate in view in the morning sky since their spectacular conjuction last December. Saturn rises around 4 am and Jupiter about 4:30 am in early April and will rise about 3 and a half minutes earlier each morining. Mercury will be briefly visible in the western evening sky in early May.

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Venus

Mars

Jupiter

Saturn
All Pictures Taken in My Heavenly Backyard with my Telescopes


The Heavens
Springtime is sometimes known as "Galaxy Season" as there are many of them visible through small telescopes. Some of the more outstanding ones are M81 and M82 (Bode's Galaxy and the Cigar Galaxy), M51 (The Whirlpool Galaxy), the "Trio in Leo", the great Northern Pinwheel Galaxy (M101), and M63, the Sunflower Galaxy. Along with the galaxies, there are still plenty of nebulae to view including the Orion, Horsehead, and Rosette nebulae. These are all high in the southern sky at sunset. Coming into view are the Ring, Trifid, Lagoon, Omega and Eagle . Several globular clusters are in view including the beautiful Messier 3 and Messier 53 rising in the ENE shortly after sunset. There are so many objects awaiting for us to view in a sky near you. (All the pictures were taken in my 'Heavenly Backyard'.)

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Messier 3

Trifid Nebula

Whilpool Galaxy

Ring Nebula

Sunflower Galaxy

Cigar Galaxy

Bode's Galaxy

Trio in Leo
All Pictures Taken in My Heavenly Backyard with my Telescopes


Want to see more? ... Go to my Heavely Backyard Astronomy page: I will continue to add more images of the nighttime sky from my backyard and post on my astronomy page, My home page of Savannahpat.name and my Weather and Nature Facebook page along with any videos on my My You Tube Page ... All these pictures taken in my 'Heavenly' backyard.