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Night Sky in April

Spring is galaxy time for the northern night sky, and the observer is spoilt for choice between the rich offerings of Ursa Major, Leo, Virgo and Coma Berenices. Working out what you are looking at can be a problem, though, as some of the richest areas for galaxies have few bright stars to act as waymarkers. Leo offers two attractive galaxy groupings that are both bright and easy to find. It helps that Leo itself is one of the most distinctive constellations in the night sky, and unlike most of them does resemble the creature it is named after. This year Jupiter is not far to the west if you need...

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