April 2, 2008
The night sky will deliver one of its greatest spectacles April 8 when a crescent Moon will appear against the colorful tapestry of a twilit sky. Add the Pleiades star cluster to the mix and the stage is set for a performance no skygazer will want to miss.
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 8. Head outside no later than an hour or so after sunset (roughly 8:30 P.M.
local daylight time), and look to the west. Your eyes should land immediately on the slender crescent Moon, oriented with its cusps standing nearly straight up from the horizon.
Binoculars will reveal a stunning sight. "Point them at the Moon," says Astronomy
Senior Editor Richard Talcott
. "The bright Pleiades star cluster sparkles like a clutch of tiny diamonds accenting the primary jewel — the Moon."