This month begins with the spectacular "meeting of the minds" between Venus and Jupiter, and ends with Jupiter all but setting out of the evening sky. The remaining evening 'stars,' Mars (in Leo) and Saturn (in Virgo near Spica) are in opposition and visible all night.


Orin (the might hunter) and Canis Major (the big dog) and Canis Minor (the little dog) are leaving the evening sky, too, but visible for another month. The Big Dipper (Ursa Major the big bear) is upside down, and legend has it that it's spilling water all over the place. Gemini (the twins), Cancer (the crab), and Leo (the lion) dominate the zodiac this month. And don't miss the Lyrid meteor Shower, on April 22 before dawn. It should be a good show, since the Moon (at "new" phase) is absent from the morning sky.


Easter Sunday occurs on April 8 this year. It changes from year to year because of the calculation, viz: Easter occurs on the first Sunday following the first full moon following the vernal (or spring) equinox. Full moon is on April 6, and Easter Sunday is the next Sunday, April 8.


Because the vernal equinox is generally on March 21, Easter can occur at anytime between late March to late April.


See you next month, and don't disturb the Easter bunny!