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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

March 25, 2017

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    Venus is at inferior conjunction this morning, passing quickly between the Earth and the Sun, and heading into the morning twilight. While Venus had been well placed for viewing in the evenings this past winter, its spring appearance will leave it low above the horizon. Later this summer, it will treat early risers with its pre-dawn displays.

  • March 26:

    In late March, the Milky Way is still fairly high across the western sky in the evening, running from the south, just above the bright star Sirius, then high in the west above Orion and Taurus, the Bull, then to the right of the bright star Capella, finally settling down into the north.

  • March 27:

    The line of Orion’s Belt stars, extended to the right, point to the red star Aldebaran, the red eye of Taurus, the Bull.  Look more carefully at this region, and you will see a “V” shaped pattern of stars making the Bull’s face.  This faint group is called the Hyades, step-sisters of the more famous Pleiades, or Seven Sisters.

Star Charts

  • February 28, 2017 - March 31, 2017:

    Venus drops rapidly into the Sun's glare through the Spring Equinox, then quickly climbs into the morning skies at the end of the month.

    Venus drops rapidly into the Sun's glare through the Spring Equinox, then quickly climbs into the morning skies at the end of the month.