Below are Sky Maps that will help you to locate the planets from the Sky Watch column in the April – May 2020 issue of The Mountain Astrologer.
April 1, 2020 at 4:30 AM Mars directly below Saturn, Jupiter above and right (west)
April 1, 2020 at sunset. Venus below the Pleiades (Krittika nakshatra). In India the Pleiades known as the Krittikas. They are the seven wives of the seven rishis (noted as the big dipper stars).
April 3, 2020. Venus amid the Pleiades cluster (Krittikas)
April 8, 2020 Venus right (west) of Aldebaran (Rohini Nakshatra)
April 14 at 4:30 AM Moon joins the morning planets Jupiter, Saturn & Mars.
April 16 at 4:30 Moon passed by Jupiter & Saturn and is now below Mars
Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks on the morning of April 22nd. Its radiant (near the star Vega in Lyra) culminates at 5:30 AM. Locate Jupiter, Saturn & Mars while you watch for shooting stars
April 25, 2020 at sunset. Moon to the right (west) of Aldebaran and Venus above the Moon
April 26, 2020 at sunset. Venus to the right (west) of the Moon.
May 3, 2020 at 4:30 AM Jupiter, Saturn and Mars above Deneb Algedi (Dhanistha Nakshatra)
May 12, 2020 Moon joins the morning planets. Jupiter above Moon, Saturn to their left (east) and Mars further east.
May 13, 2020 Moon has passed Jupiter & Saturn heading east toward Mars.
May 13, 2020 at sunset stationary retrograde Venus is just below Alnath
May 14, 2020 Moon is still heading toward Mars
May 15, 2020 Try to spot Mercury as he appears in the evening sky below and right of Venus.
May 15, 2020 Moon below and slightly left (east) of Mars
May 21, 2020 Mercury easier to locate just below Venus
May 22, 2020 Mercury left (east) of Venus. Mercury is direct (moving eastward) and Venus is retrograde (moving westward)
May 23, 2020 Moon below Mercury and Venus (notice their distance increasing rapidly as Mercury & Venus pull away from each other in opposite directions)
May 24, 2020 at sunset. Moon above and left (east) of Mercury. Mercury above and left (east) of Venus – their distance continuing to increase rapidly
May 25, 2020 Mercury directly left (east) of Alnath inTaurus with Venus below and right (west) and Moon above and left in the middle of Gemini
May 27, 2020 at sunset Mercury right (west) of Alhena, at Pollux’s feet. Notice that Venus has disappeared from the evening sky. Venus will become a morning planet in mid-June