As you look into tonight’s stellar sky, think of the 2 space- associated anniversaries we commemorate on this date. In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin ended up being the very first human to journey into external space, and the very first to orbit Earth. Then, in 1981, NASA introduced its very first space shuttle bus, Columbia, on a three-day objective throughout which it orbited Earth 36 times.
Friday, April 13
This might be your fortunate night if you wish to hound a galaxy. Initially, you’ll have to visit a dark observing website. Then, with field glasses in hand, scan about one field of vision east-southeast of 2nd-magnitude Phecda (Gamma [γ] Ursae Majoris), the star that forms the southeastern corner of the Huge Dipper’s bowl. You must see a triangle of 5th- and 6th-magnitude stars. The spiral nebula M106 lies 1.7 ° south of 3 Canum Venaticorum, the triangle’s southern suggestion. The galaxy will look like an oval blur of light radiant at magnitude 8.4.
Saturday, April 14
Dazzling Venus controls the night sky beginning about half an hour after sundown. It stands 15 ° above the western horizon 30 minutes after the Sun decreases and does not set up until around 9: 30 p.m. regional daytime time– a complete 2 hours after the Sun. Shining at magnitude– 3.9, it depends on front of the stars of Aries the Ram and appears far brighter than other point of light in the sky. When seen through a telescope tonight, Venus covers just 11″ and reveals a 92- percent-lit stage.
Sunday, April 15
Dwarf world 1 Ceres is the biggest item in the asteroid belt, which lies in between Mars and Jupiter. Practically any telescope will expose its 8th-magnitude radiance. All this month it moves eastward in front of the stars of the constellation Cancer the Crab. You’ll discover it this evening in between magnitude 4.0 Iota Cancri and 57 Cancri, which shines at magnitude 5.4. It lies two-thirds of the method from the more vibrant to the fainter star. If you cannot determine it precisely, sketch the location and return a couple of nights later on. The point of light that’s moved will be Ceres.