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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

February 23, 2017

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    Looking due east at 7 o'clock, Leo the Lion climbs above the horizon, with the Twins of Gemini much higher. About halfway between them, search for a faint sprinkling of stars, called the “Beehive”, a swarm of stars in the faint constellation Cancer, the Crab.

  • February 24:

    The dark skies near the New Moon reveal the splendors of the Milky Way arched over the top of the sky. Early this evening, in the midst of the Milky Way and directly overhead near 6:30, the star Capella sparkles as the 4th brightest star we can see.

  • February 25:

    Orion is an easy target, even on a moonlit night. Tonight, the lack of moonlight might give you an opportunity to see a fainter feature of our winter Giant. Look below his three belt stars, where a fainter line marks his sword. The very end of the sword is a little fuzzy, because it is not a star but a vast region of glowing gas and dust, called a nebula.