How to find EVERY planet in the solar system this week! Find Mercury, Mars and Saturn in the evening sky, and Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter and Venus in the morning sky.
Neptune& Uranus Finder Chart: CLICK HERE (5.4 MB)
There is also a wide-field and narrow-field chart available from “Sky and Telescope” magazine, here.
Pluto finder chart: CLICK HERE (6.8 MB)
More detailed chart to magnitude 14.5: Click here (opens new window to different website – the top two “TYC” stars identified are the same two “HIP” stars identified in my chart, above, and in Stellarium)
Eyes on the Sky: Apr 2 thru Apr 8
The planet-spectacular, “Planet-acular”!
There are four (count ’em, four) naked eye planets visible in the evening sky this week, and three of them are near some interesting types of stars. See Jupiter and Venus in the early evening and Mars and Saturn nearly all night long. A couple of these planets are joined by the Moon, the planets themselves contrast nicely with some spectral class “B” stars, and now is the time to get a jump on the necessary equipment for solar viewing, with the Transit of Venus approaching in early June. There’s good reason to starting thinking about appropriate solar equipment now. AND… the Moon offers up some “shadowy” treats of it’s own – and many of these sights can be seen in very small telescopes or (sometimes better) with binoculars. So get outside this coming week and see what’s up!