The sky gets a makeover

As if reflecting April’s magical mutations, the sky also undergoes a radical makeover this month. The brilliant winter constellations now plummet into the west, consumed by the crepuscular fires of ever-later sunsets.

With dusk advancing rapidly, and the stars marching into the west four minutes earlier per night, it was forever destined that the two opposing armies would meet headlong each spring. The effect of this lopsided confrontation is to plunge Orion and his friends into the western twilight like lemmings.

April opens . . .

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