Not only is Orion lowering into the west more and more with each passing evening, but the Milky Way is also dropping nearer the horizon. Its faint light makes it difficult to see near the horizon through the thicker part of the atmosphere, and it will remain obscure until summer.

For reasons that scientists don’t yet understand, the aurora borealis, or “northern lights” are seen more frequently in April. The Sun, unusually quiet over the past few years, now shows a significant increase in sunspots and other solar activity, improving our chances of seeing some northern lights over the next few years.

An interesting view sets up for very early risers tomorrow morning. Just a blush of twilight sits along the northeast horizon at 10 minutes after 5, while Saturn makes its return to the skies, low in the east-southeast. You might not easily pick out Saturn, except a waning Crescent Moon rises below it, with the pair fading as twilight brightens after 5:25 AM.