This little guy landed on the weather stick this afternoon to let us know it was time to put out the hummingbird feeder. The fog he is eyeing is about all we have seen for several days.

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Not much to see in the night sky with all the recent rain but lets hope for some clear skies at Balsam soon.

If the skies clear there is lots of pretty planetary action going on in the western sky around sunset with Mars, Venus, Mercury and the Moon.  This view from Astronomy Magazine is what you can see this week if the skies clear.

MoonandVenus

If it is still clear the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd look for the Lyrid meteor shower high in the sky after midnight. The radiant (where the meteors will appear to come from) is the constellation Lyra the harp which will be high overhead around 5 AM.

Thats about it for the rest of the month.

Jim Stratigos – Resident Astronomer