The New Moon for March occurred on March 29th and the New Moon for April occurs on April 27th. This gives April two great weekends for deep sky viewing: The weekend of April 1-2 and the weekend of April 29-30.
The Full Moon of April, also known as the “Egg” or “Paschal” Moon occurs on April 14th.
Sunrise, April 8, 2006 - Mercury at its Greatest Western Elongation for the Best Morning View.
Mercury is visible all month in the morning hours before sunrise. It starts out in April in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer). On April 14th, Mercury crosses into the constellation Pisces (The Fish), then on April 20th, it crosses the corner of the constellation Cetus (The Sea Monster), and finally returns to Pisces on April 24th.
Venus is visible during the morning hours for the entirety of April. Venus can be found on April 1st in the Constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat). On April 3rd Venus moves into the Constellation Aquarius and finally, on April 27th, Venus moves into the Constellation Pisces.
On April 24th, 2006, the Waning Crescent Moon will pass within 2Ã‚Â° of Venus.
Mars can be observed during the evening hours of April. Mars is located in the Constellation Taurus (The Bull) from the beginning of April until the 14th when it moves into the Constellation Gemini (The Twins).
|On the morning of April 15th Jupiter sets within 6Ã‚Â° of the Waning Gibbous Moon.|
Uranus will be difficult to find in the morning hours before sunrise this month. Your best chance might be the mornings of April 17th to 19th when Uranus will be within 1Ã‚Â° of Venus (On the Morning of April 18th Uranus will rise within 0Ã‚Â° 20′ of Venus!). Uranus is in the constellation Aquarius until the year 2009.
On the morning of April 22nd the Waning Crescent Moon will pass within 4Ã‚Â° 20Ã¢Â€Â™ of Neptune.