Astrophotography in April 2024: what to shoot in the night sky this coming month

A total solar eclipse as seen over ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile on 2 July 2019. (Image credit: ESO/P. Horálek)
A total solar eclipse as seen over ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile on 2 July 2019 (Image credit: ESO)

There are no prizes for guessing what the main celestial sight will be in North American skies this month. On April 8, a much anticipated 2024 total solar eclipse will be visible from within a narrow path of totality through parts of northwestern Mexico, 15 US states and southeastern Canada. 

There is, however, reason to believe that astrophotography fans across the world will be able to see the appearance of a bright comet, which should be at its best this month. 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 


As the editor for www.WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.


He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.