April 2016 – Where to look for the planets

A few pointers:

  • All planets visible to the unaided eye look like stars. Planets visible to the unaided eye include Mercury, Venus, Earth (look down!), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
  • In a telescope, Uranus and Neptune are visible as tiny discs. The minor planet Pluto remains looking like a star in even the largest amateur telescope.
  • Stars are shown to magnitude 5 on the charts unless otherwise noted. This is a compromise between what you would see from the light polluted skies of a city (where you will see significantly less stars) and dark country skies (where you will see significantly more stars).
  • Unless otherwise noted, the finder charts are prepared for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia.
  • Times are listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time and Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time when in force. As a guide, in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory in 2016, Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday 3 April and begins on Sunday 2 October 2016.

3 April 2016 – Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Antares finder chart – Evening sky

Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius The Scorpion) finder chart. Chart prepared for 9.30 pm AEST on Monday 18 April 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius The Scorpion) finder chart. Chart prepared for 9.30 pm AEST on Sunday 3 April 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

5 April 2016 – Moon, Venus and Neptune finder chart – Early morning sky

Moon, Venus and Neptune finder chart. Chart prepared for 5:15 am AEST on Tuesday 5 April 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Stars are shown to magnitude 8 to assist you in star hopping from the Moon to Neptune. Note that Neptune is currently magnitude 8 and not visible to the unaided eye. A pair of large binoculars or a small telescope will be required to view Neptune. It is located 460 million kilometers from the Earth and will only look like a blueish star in even a very large amateur telescope. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Venus and Neptune finder chart. Chart prepared for 5:15 am AEST on Tuesday 5 April 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Stars are shown to magnitude 8 to assist you in star hopping from the Moon to Neptune. Note that Neptune is currently magnitude 8 and not visible to the unaided eye. A pair of large binoculars or a small telescope will be required to view Neptune. It is located 460 million kilometers from the Earth and will only look like a blueish star in even a very large amateur telescope. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

10 April 2016 – Mars, Saturn and Antares finder chart – Evening sky

Mars, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius The Scorpion) finder chart. Chart prepared for 9 pm AEST on Sunday 10 April 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Mars, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius The Scorpion) finder chart. Chart prepared for 9 pm AEST on Sunday 10 April 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

18 April 2016 – Moon and Jupiter finder chart – Evening sky

Moon and Jupiter finder chart. Chart prepared for 7 pm AEST on Monday 18 April 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon and Jupiter finder chart. Chart prepared for 7 pm AEST on Monday 18 April 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

18 April 2016 – Jupiter and Galilean Moons finder chart – Evening sky

Jupiter and Galilean moons finder chart. Binoculars or small telescope required. Chart prepared for 7 pm AEST on Monday 18 April 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Jupiter and Galilean moons finder chart. Binoculars or small telescope required. Chart prepared for 7 pm AEST on Monday 18 April 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

25 April 2016 – Moon, Mars, Saturn and Antares finder chart – Evening sky

Moon, Mars, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius The Scorpion) finder chart. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST on Monday 25 April 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Mars, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius The Scorpion) finder chart. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST on Monday 25 April 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

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