See planets Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn in April 2022 sky

Growing up in the Bronx during the 1960s and ’70s, one of my mentors in astronomy was Dr. Kenneth L. Franklin, Chairman and chief scientist at New York’s Hayden Planetarium, who wrote about celestial events for the World Almanac and The New York Times.

Periodically Ken would make reference to our “dynamic and ever-changing sky.” Such an eloquent description would certainly fit the day-to-day changes among the planets in our early morning sky this month. Morning planets are front and center in April, with four out of the five brightest solar system planets, lined up across the east-southeast sky.

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