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Star Calendar – April 2017 | Star Calendar
Star Calendar April 2017 Star C alendar Planets: Moon and Sun balance on either side of the solstice point on the 7th. They rise and set at the same point on the horizon on that day and make the same path across the sky. One might observe the pair at 4:45PM and imagine the height of summer between them. Mercury begins the month at greatest elongation, bright and decently visible just after 8:PM or so. He is hasty to depart though, and crosses the near-side of the Sun on the 20th. Venus is already visible in the morning and will be stationary to the stars by the 12th. She is very tall, waxing less slender and will present a maximally brilliant dawn beacon by the end of the month. Sun rises/sets steadily more north of east/west and adds an hour and a quarter of daylight over the course of this month. Mars is seen low in the West at about 7:30 as the month begins and lower and later as the month progresses. Mars and Aldebaran (higher and to the left) look very similar these days. On the