Bright Jupiter gleams from the western sky at 8:25 p.m. CDT this evening as seen from the Chicago area in this 15-second exposure. (Click the image to see it larger.) This Giant Planet shines in front of the stars of Taurus with its brightest star Aldebaran. Two bright star clusters, Pleiades and Hyades, shine nearby. They are best viewed through binoculars. Zeta Tauri and Elnath mark the horns of the bull. Betelgeuse (Orion) and Capella (Auriga) also appear in the view.
For more about the April sky, see our monthly skywatching description.