Jeff Benuzzi's Observing Recommendations

Jeff Benuzzi is an amateur astronomer and ham radio operator.
For many years, Jeff has participated in the public observing sessions
supported by the Chicago Astronomical Society, where he helps folks
locate and observe celestial objects.  He is a regular speaker at Astrofest.
Jeff publishes a monthly list of his favorite objects observable with
binoculars which is available at
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Upcoming Observing Highlights for April 2018 (from
1 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 12h UT.
2 Mars 1.3 S of Saturn (morning sky) at 13h UT. Mags. 0.3 and 0.5.
3 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 16h UT. Mag. −2.4.
5 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 3h UT.
7 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 13h UT. Mag. 0.5.
7 Moon, Mars and Saturn within 3.5 circle (97 from Sun, morning sky) at 16h UT. Mags. −0.2 and 0.5.
7 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 18h UT. Mag. −0.2.
8 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 6h UT (distance 404,144 km; angular size 29.6').
8 Last Quarter Moon at 7:20 UT.
12 Moon near Mercury (20 from Sun, morning sky) at 12h UT. Mag. 2.3.
16 New Moon at 1:59 UT. Start of lunation 1179.
17 Moon near Venus (24 from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. −3.9.
18 Moon near the Pleiades at 13h UT (evening sky).
19 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 5h UT.
20 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 15h UT (368,714 km; angular size 32.4').
22 Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 15h UT. Active April 16-25. Radiant is between Hercules and Lyra. Expect 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors per hour at its peak. Very favorable viewing conditions.
22 First Quarter Moon at 21:46 UT.
23 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 6h UT.
24 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 21h UT.
25 Venus near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 0h UT. Mag. −3.9.
28 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 20h UT.
29 Mercury at greatest elongation west (18 from Sun, morning sky) at 18h UT. Mag. 0.5.
30 Full Moon at 0:58 UT.
30 Moon near Jupiter (midnight sky) at 19h UT. Mag. −2.5.
All times Universal Time (UT).   USA Central Standard Time = UT - 6 hours.   

Clear skies till next month

Jeff's Binocular Picks
Click Here to see an Adobe Acrobat file of Jeff's monthly choices of best objects to observe with binoculars.