This month's astronomy podcast takes you through the night sky in April, providing you with easy-to-understand help in finding bright planets and key stars after the sun sets.
April is one of the better months for star observations. Spring evenings are usually enjoyable, and the beetles have not taken control – but! Even in daylight, dusk is pretty early. You will notice that the sun is between 7.30pm and 8pm. during most of this month and at 21 o'clock it is good and dark.
There will not be much moonlight until the last part of the month, which could disturb the night sky in the early evening. Look for Venus deep in the west not long after sunset. Week after week it will stay up late and use later.
This "evening star" outshines everything around it, which includes many stars and constellations that connect stargazers to winter. Look for Orion, the hunter and bull, the bull – known constellations that will fall into the western twilight in the coming weeks.
Look a little higher over the western horizon to find the constellation of Gemini and the twin brother, "Stars Castor and Pollux." This month's podcast shows you how to tell which star it is.
Over in the east Another bright planet appears at 9 or 10 pm (Do you know which one? Our astronomy podcast will tell you!) And the Big Dipper rises high in the north, hangs on its grip and hurls illusions into the landscape below
There is much more to see and enjoy When the sun goes down, play or download this month's 6-minute astronomy podcast (see below).