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April 3 - Hyades star cluster
The Hyades star cluster is the nearest star cluster to our solar system. With binoculars or a telescope, observers can see the Moon pass through the Hydes star cluster during the evening hours.
April 14-15- Total Lunar Eclipse
People across North America will get to see a total eclipse of the Moon. The Earth will cast a shadow on the Moon, covering the Sun's light that usually illuminates the Moon. The Earth's shadow will make the Moon appear a dark red. The eclipse will start at 1:20 am EDT and continue until 5:33 am EDT.
April 14-15 - Mars is closest to Earth
Mars will be at its closest to Earth for the year, the closest its been in 6 years. Mars will be only 57.4 million miles from Earth.
It can be viewed all night.
April 22 -Lyrid Meteor Shower
As the Earth passes through the tail of the comet Thatcher, the Lyrid meteor shower will make its annual appearance. The relatively weak Lyrid meteor shower peaks this morning at 3 AM, appearing around the constellation Lyra in the Northeast sky. Around 20 meteors per hour are expected.
Tonight's Sky video provided by the Space Telescope Science Institute