The month’s big celestial event is a total lunar eclipse early on morning of April 15th — the first such coverup in 2½ years. Skies permitting, the eclipse will be observable in its entirety across North America and western South America.
Use Jupiter as a guide to take one last look at the brilliant stars of winter. Above it are the Twins of Gemini, Pollux and slightly dimmer Castor. Well to Jupiter’s left is the bright star Procyon, and off to its right is Capella. Directly below Jupiter is the distinctive hourglass shape of Orion, the Hunter.
Jupiter has solely ruled the evening sky for several months, but now he’s got some company. Once twilight has faded, look low in the east for a brilliant star that’s the color of ginger ale. It’s actually Mars. The Red Planet reaches opposition on April 8th, meaning it appears opposite the Sun in our sky.
— Sky and Telescope
The next Full Moon is on the 15th, and the next New Moon is on the 29th.
The International Space Station and various satellites can be tracked and viewed at Heavens-Above.com (link is set for Mt. Shasta’s location and elevation.)
For a full list of sky happenings this month, as well as a handy printable map, download The Evening Sky Map.