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Australian Geographic - - The List - with Glenn Dawes Glenn Dawes is a co-au­thor of the year­book As­tron­omy 2018 Aus­tralia (Quasar Pub­lish­ing).

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.

x10 Binoc­u­lars

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.

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