Sunday, February 28, 2010
McDonald Observatory's newsletter
Here's an opportunity to catch up on current sky observation tips and information about the McDonald Observatory. They offer a free newsletter.
The Moon has two bright companions tonight. The star Regulus rises above it, with the planet Saturn about the same distance to its lower left. Regulus is blue-white, while slightly brighter Saturn is golden yellow.
March sky tips...
The warmer nights of spring bring a panoply of new stars and constellations for skywatchers to enjoy. Leo is in good view by nightfall, climbing straight up from the eastern horizon, led by his bright "heart," the star Regulus. Virgo follows the lion a couple of hours later. Boötes, the herdsman, is to the maiden's left, marked by yellow-orange Arcturus, one of the brightest stars in the night sky. The planet Venus begins its climb into the evening sky, where it will remain until about Halloween.