April evening skies have the bright winter constellations of Canis Major, Canis Minor, Orion, Gemini, Taurus and Auriga all shining in the western sky.

Overhead this month, you’ll find Leo easily picked out by the “Sickle,” which looks like a large reverse question mark punctuated by the bright star Regulus. You’ll find the Big Dipper due north of Leo, with their backs facing each other. The handle of the Big Dipper curves around and points to the bright star Arcturus in Bootes.If you continue to follow that curve, you will run into Spica, the brightest star in Virgo. If you look in front of Leo, you’ll spot a small, dim constellation called Cancer, which contains a lovely star cluster known as the Beehive that can be easily viewed through binoculars. At the other end of Leo is another small constellation known as Coma Berenices, which also contains a lovely binocular star cluster.

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 killerrabbit.co.

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