An image of the Double Cluster, which can be viewed with the naked eye, even in moderately dark conditions. Courtesy of Wikipedia

The last week of April is a great time to watch Venus and Jupiter in the pre-dawn sky. The two planets will make a very close approach, passing less than 0.4 degrees apart on the morning of April 30.

That is less than the width of a full moon.

This is a monthly article provided by the Cheyenne Astronomical Society (CAS). Marcy Curran has been the editor of the Cheyenne Astronomical Society’s newsletter since 1986 and taught astronomy at LCCC from 1992-2013. For further information about the CAS, visit its website at

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