Sky happenings for the month of April 2016 bruary Note all times and dates in UTC unless otherwise specified.
|Phase||Date (UTC)||Time (UTC)|
|New||07 April 2016||11:24|
|First Quarter||14 April 2016||03:59|
|Full||22 April 2016||05:24|
|Last Quarter||30 April 2016||03:29|
April Lyrids - 22 April 2016
Note that this is for Calgary, Alberta on 15 April 2016 at 22:30 MDT. For this date and local time it will be similar for places in the northern hemisphere.
There are a multitude of deep sky objects available in the spring sky within the reach of a modest telescope even from inside a light polluted city. The globular clusters M3, M53 and M60 are up as well as many galaxies. The galaxies M81, M82 are a nice pair close together in the sky. The galaxies M64, M106 as well as M51 are high up in the sky.
If you can get out into dark skies, with a modest telescope spring is the season of galaxies, especially in the constellation Virgo. A decent star chart, modest telescope, dark skies and some patience is all you need!