Here you can find the highlights of the upcoming months along with Sky Charts to help you visualise what celestral bodies are visible. A glossary of astronomical terms used in this page is provide at the end.

Sky Charts generated by Sky Safari, Simulation Curriculum Corp.

Month Date Time Event
March 09 All night Supermoon
March 20 03.51 UTC Vernal Equinox
March 20 Before sunrise Mars and Jupiter conjunction (0.7º)
March 24 Before sunrise Mercury at greatest western elongation
March 24 Evening Venus at greatest eastern elongation (46⁰)
March 29 01.00 UTC BST starts
Month Date Time Event
April 03 15:18 UTC Conjunction of Mercury and Neptune
April 08 All night Supermoon
April 15 09:19 UTC Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn
April 15 23:06 UTC Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
April 16 04:34 UTC Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
April 21 17:08 UTC Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury
April 21-22 All night Lyrids Meteor Shower
April 23 All night New Moon
April 28 15:24 UTC Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

New Moon

The Moon is between the Earth and the Sun, so the bright side of the Moon is facing away from the Earth.

Supermoon

So-called ‘supermoons’ occur when the Full Moon happens to coincide with the Moon’s closest approach to Earth (‘perigee’), and therefore appear larger than usual.

Vernal Equinox

In the Northern Hemisphere the vernal equinox falls about March 20 or 21, as the Sun crosses the celestial equator going north. According to the astronomical definition of the seasons, the vernal equinox also marks the beginning of spring, which lasts until the summer solstice (June 20 or 21 in the Northern Hemisphere.

Conjunction

Conjunctions involve either two objects in the Solar System or one object in the Solar System and a more distant object, such as a star. A conjunction is an apparent phenomenon caused by the observer's perspective: the two objects involved are not actually close to one another in space.

Elongation

In astronomy, a planet's elongation is the angular separation between the Sun and the planet, with Earth as the reference point. The greatest elongation of a given inferior planet occurs when this planet's position, in its orbital path around the Sun, is at tangent to the observer on Earth.