April 8 - Mars at opposition. The red planet will make its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the sun. A medium-sized telescope will show some dark details on the orange surface, and possibly one or both of the white polar ice caps.
April 15 - Full moon.
April 22, 23 - Lyrids meteor shower peaks. The Lyrids is an average shower with around 20 meteors per hour at most. It happens every year when Earth passes through dust particles left behind by comet Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. Look for bright dust trails that last several seconds. Light from the second quarter moon will block the less bright meteors. Best views will be from a dark location after midnight the morning of April 23. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
April 29 - New moon. The moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. Observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters tonight, when there's no moonlight to interfere.
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