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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

April 26, 2015

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    About 8:15 this evening, high in the southwest, the Moon is just past its First Quarter phase as it joins Jupiter for the evening. Jupiter itself is host to dozens of moons, one of which – Europa – is thought to have an ice-covered, global ocean, potentially able to support some type of life forms.

  • April 27:

    As twilight fades between 8 and 8:30, the waxing Gibbous Moon is joined by the bluish-white star Regulus. The pair will be halfway up in the southern skies, with Regulus well above the Moon. Regulus is the brightest star in the constellation Leo, the Lion, and marks the bottom of a backwards question mark, forming the Lion’s head and shoulders.

  • April 28:

    For reasons that scientists don’t yet understand, the aurora borealis, or “northern lights” are seen more frequently in April. The Sun, unusually quiet over the past few years, remains near its peak number of sunspots and other solar activity, which increases our chances of seeing some northern lights.