In the hours before dawn, Saturn and Mars rise in the summer constellation of Sagittarius, joining Jupiter in the sky.
The three planets differ in apparent brightness and size. The distinctive color of Mars, rings of Saturn, and cloud bands of Jupiter make these planets easy to distinguish with a backyard telescope.
The Lyrid meteor shower will peak in the early morning hours of April 22. Expect to see up to 20 bright meteors per hour after midnight.