What to See in the Spring Night Sky
Spring deep sky objects In March and April include the Leo Triplet (M65, M66 and NGC 3628) are a fine sight in a 6 or 8 inch telescope, and there are several open and globular clusters worth observing as well.
Spring Deep Sky Objects are some of the best of the year with a multitude of galaxies and star clusters before the short summer nights take hold, and is prime time for the Leo triplet of galaxies. Sitting about half way between the stars Chertan and Iota Leonis, the three galaxies are a sight to behold as they all fit within the field of view of a small telescope.
The Leo Triplet is best observed during the beginning and end of the month when the Moon is low in the sky, or hasn't yet risen.
The spring night skies are also home to some wonderful globular clusters. M3 in Canes Venatici and M5 in Serpens are good targets for a small telescope and can also be glimpsed with binoculars from sites with dark skies.
Spring Meteor Showers
Spring is a quiet time for meteors, there is just the annual Lyrids Meteor Shower and Eta Aquarids to look out for, both in April. The Lyrids are visible from around the 16th to 25th April and you can expect between 5 to 20 meteors per hour. The Eta Aquarids are active from around the 19th to 28th.
Click here for a visual guide to meteor showers.
Spring Time Constellations
Spring is an ideal time to observe the following constellations.