x1 Naked eye
Saturn is low in the early morning eastern sky, near the lid of the ‘teapot’ of the constellation Sagittarius. Mars, which has been slowly moving towards this ringed world during March, makes a close approach as it passes Saturn on April 2.
High in the evening sky is the spectacular southern Milky Way. From ‘the pointers’ of the Southern Cross to the constellations Carina and Vela, it is truly rich in bright stars and clusters, plus nebulae – well suited for the widefield view of binoculars.
x100 Small telescope
Mercury appears in the eastern dawn sky in early April, commencing its best morning return for 2018. Its visible crescent grows from being a fingernail-like sliver mid-month, to nearly half lit (like a firstquarter Moon) by the end of the month.