Since the new moon occurs on Saturday, April 4th, 2008 the weekend of April 5th-6th will be the best for dark sky observing.
Mercury disappears into the glare of the morning sun around April 5th and will reappear in the evening around April 26th.
Mercury begins the month in the constellation Pisces, the Fish, until April 5th when is moves into the constellation Cetus, The Sea Monster, just as it vanishes from view into the glare of the sun. While it is unobservable while is crosses to the other side of the sun it returns to the constellation Pisces on April 8th, the to the constellation Aries, the Ram, on April 17th. After it emerges into the evening sky it will move into the constellation Taurus on April 29.
Venus is the Morning Star for the entire month of April. Venus starts April in the constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer, and moves into the constellation Pisces, the Fish, the next day, April 2nd. On April 11th, Venus moves into the constellation Cetus, the Sea Monster, until April 14th when it will return to Pisces, where it finishes the month.
Midnight, April 12th, Mars will be located less than 0°30’ from
the First Quarter Moon.
On April 27, around 1:45 am Jupiter will rise within 4° of
Uranus is located in the constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer, until the year 2009. Uranus rises in the morning hours before sunrise this month. At the beginning of April Uranus rises around 6:00am and by the end of the month it is rising about 4:00am.
Neptune can be found in the constellation Capricornus, the Sea Goat, until the year 2010. Neptune is visible in the morning hours, rising around 4:30am at the beginning of April and rising around 2:30am by the end of April.
Pluto is located after midnight until morning this month. At the beginning of April, Pluto rises round 1:00am and rises around 11:00 pm by the end of the month. Pluto is located in the constellation Sagittarius, the Archer, until 2023.
On April 15, at sunrise looking South, the position of Pluto,