This Week’s Sky at a Glance, April 29 – May 6 – Sky & Telescope

FRIDAY, APRIL 29 ■ Mercury-Pleiades conjunction. As the stars come out, look low in the west-northwest for little Mercury close to the Pleiades. They’re hardly more than 1° apart. Bring binoculars; Even the brightest Pleiades stars are only 3rd and 4th magnitude. Mercury will remain near the Pleiades for the next couple of evenings. ■ … Read more

Partial solar eclipse of April 2022: When and where it is and how to watch it online

The first solar eclipse of 2022 is coming on April 30. There will be a narrow band of visibility across parts of Antarctica, the southern tip of South America, and the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Or, you can watch it online. Solar eclipses happen when the new moon passes in front of the face of … Read more

Celebrate Dark Skies This Week, April 22–30 – Sky & Telescope

City lights erase all but the brightest objects in the night sky, as seen in this photo of Tucson, Arizona. Bettymaya Foott Light pollution is “the inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light,” according to the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), the leading champion in the fight to preserve dark skies. This pollution comes in … Read more

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, April 22 – 30 – Sky & Telescope

FRIDAY, APRIL 22 ■ Arcturus is the brightest star high in the east these evenings, shining pale yellow-orange. Look for Spica, paler blue-white, lower right of Arcturus by about three fists at arm’s length. To the right of Spica by half that distance is the distinctive four-star constellation of Corvus, the springtime Crow. ■ The … Read more