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By Jim White
For The Sentinel 

What's in the Sky

 

April 11, 2018

Welcome to April! Our first full month of spring brings longer days and warmer nights, and usually a bit more clear weather than the winter months. Venus dazzles in the west after sunset, and spring constellations charge into the sky from the east. We’ll also have the Lyrid meteor shower, and a conjunction of Saturn and Mars in the morning sky.

Venus will easily be the brightest “star” in the evening sky, low in the west after sunset. It will get slightly brighter during April, as it gets closer to Earth. Through a telescope, you can see that it has phases, like our moon. Currently, Venus is in a gibbous phase, about three-quarters “full.”

Venus is bright enough to be seen with...



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