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Upcoming Observing Highlights for April 2020   (from skymaps.com)
 
1 First Quarter Moon at 10:21 UT.
2 Moon near Castor (evening sky) at 4h UT.
2 Moon near Pollux (evening sky) at 8h UT.
3 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 8h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
4 Venus 0.25 SE of Alcyone (brightest star in the Pleiades) (46 from Sun, evening sky) at 2h UT. Mags. −4.4 and 2.9. This is the closest Venus-Pleiades conjunction in 8 years. The event will be visible worldwide from 1 to 5 April.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
4 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 22h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
7 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 17:59 UT (distance 356,907 km; angular size 33.5').
8 Full Moon at 2:34 UT.
8 Moon near Spica (midnight sky) at 12h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
11 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 15h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
14 Last Quarter Moon at 22:56 UT.
15 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 0h UT. Mag. −2.2.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
15 Moon, Jupiter and Saturn within a circle of diam. 5.5 (morning sky) at 7h UT. Mags. −2.2 and 0.6.
15 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 11h UT. Mag. 0.6.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
16 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 6h UT. Mag. 0.6.
Mars (Wikipedia)
20 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 19h UT (distance 406,462 km; angular size 29.4').
21 Moon near Mercury (14 from Sun, morning sky) at 21h UT. Mag. −0.8.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
22 Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 7h UT (variable). Active April 14-30. Radiant is between Hercules and Lyra. Expect 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors per hour at its peak. Observing conditions are optimal in 2020.
Lyrids (Wikipedia)
2020 Meteor Shower Calendar (PDF) (IMO)
23 New Moon at 2:26 UT. Start of lunation 1204.
25 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 10h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
26 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 3h UT.
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
26 Moon near Venus (evening sky) at 18h UT. Mag. −4.5.
28 Venus at its brightest at 15h UT. Mag. −4.52.
29 Moon near Castor (evening sky) at 10h UT.
29 Moon near Pollux (evening sky) at 15h UT.
30 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 15h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
30 First Quarter Moon at 20:38 UT.
>>> All times Universal Time (UT).    USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours.  (DST = UT-5 hrs,)

 

Zodiacal Light is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2 hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern hemisphere.
Zodiacal Light (Wikipedia)
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
Photographing the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)