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This Month's Star Chart

By Sydney Observatory

Your maps of the night sky for March and April.

HIGHLIGHTS IN MARCH 2019
The best time to view the Moon with a small telescope or binoculars is a few days either side of the first quarter Moon on the 14th. In 2019, the Autumnal equinox falls on the 21st of March. Mars is low in the north-western sky after sunset and moves from the constellation Aries to Taurus in the last week of the month. Prominent in the sky this month, are the constellations of Canis Major (the Great Dog), Orion (the Hunter), Gemini (the Twins) and Leo (the Lion). The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is high in the southern sky, along with the False Cross, which is often mistaken for the Southern Cross. Crux (the Southern Cross) is low in the south-eastern sky.

HIGHLIGHTS IN APRIL 2019
The best time to view the Moon with a small telescope or binoculars is a few days either side of its first quarter phase on the 13th. Mars is low in the north-western sky after sunset in the constellation Taurus. Prominent in the sky this month, are the constellations of Canis Major (the Great Dog), Orion (the Hunter), Gemini (the Twins) and Leo (the Lion). Crux (the Southern Cross) is low in the south-eastern sky. Crux can be easily located as it is always adjacent to the so-called Pointer stars of Centaurus (the Centaur).