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The Cosmic Pursuits Newsletter - April 2022
The brilliant constellations Taurus, Orion, and Canis Major turn to the west after sunset and make a final bow as they leave the sky for the next half year. Mercury encounters the Pleiades in the last days of the month. The Lyrid meteor shower arrives, the first major meteor shower since January. And planets continue to
gather in the morning sky leading to a number of spectacularly close conjunctions for observers with or without optics.
2. This month's observing article tours two open star clusters in the constellation Cancer. One large and bright and known since antiquity, one immensely old, these lovely star clusters offer observers and imagers an alluring target and a lesson in
how such clusters stay together against the relentless pull of gravity. Read 'The Star Clusters of Cancer'....