The Evening Sky for April / May, 2019:

The Planets:
The Evening sky is void of any of the planets right now except for Mars which continues to fade from the brilliant red of last summer. Mars sets around 11 pm and is only a shadow of its brilliance. Jupiter is rising around midnight and is quite bright followed by Saturn rising around 2 am. Venus rise around 5:30 and will begin to move into the morning twilight in May. Mercury can be seen low in the east in the morning twilight into early May.

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Venus

Mars

Jupiter

Saturn
All Pictures Taken in My Heavenly Backyard with my Telescopes


The Heavens
As Orion begins to leave the nighttime sky, this is the time of the year to turn our attention to the galaxies as this is the time of the year known as 'Galaxy Season'. There are hundreds of them, no wait, billions of them to chose from but overall, for small telescopes, at least a hundred within view. Several that are worth viewing ... The 'Whirlpool' galaxy also known as Messier 51, The 'Trio in Leo', the Sombrero, 'Needle', 'Sunflower', 'Pinwheel' M101, 'Cigar', 'Bodes' and 'Black Eye' galaxies. Besides the plethora of galaxies, there are several other objects worth viewing ... the globular clusers ... M13 in Hercules and M53 in Coma Berenices. Also some nebulae ... The 'Rosette','Ring' and 'Crab' nebula are all viewable in the evening sky. There are so many objects awaiting for us to view in a sky near you. (All the pictures were taken in my 'Heavenly Backyard'.)

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The Rosette Nebula

Orion Nebula

Sombrero Galaxy

Cigar Galaxy

Crab Nebula

Needle Galaxy

Globular Cluser in Hercules

Sunflower Galaxy
All Pictures Taken in My Heavenly Backyard with my Telescopes


Want to see more? ... Go to my Heavely Backyard Astronomy page: I will continue to add more images of the nighttime sky from my backyard and post on my astronomy page, My home page of Savannahpat.name and my Weather and Nature Facebook page along with any videos on my My You Tube Page ... All these pictures taken in my 'Heavenly' backyard.