Regulus, also known as Alpha Leonis, is the brightest star in the constellation Leo and the 21st brightest star in the night sky. It has an apparent magnitude of 1.35 and lies at a distance of 79.3 light years, or 24.3 parsecs, from Earth. Alpha Leonis is not really a single star, but a multiple … [Read more…]
The Leonids (Leonid meteor shower) are an annual meteor shower occurring in November. They are called Leonids because their radiant lies in the constellation Leo. The Leonid meteors are associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle. They appear to originate from a point in the sky near the bright star Algieba, Gamma Leonis.
Here are some of the highlights of the night sky in November: 6:30 PM southwestern sky – Mars above the southwestern horizon in the evening 2:30 AM eastern sky – Jupiter rises after midnight and stays above the horizon throughout the night 6 AM eastern sky – Mercury just above the horizon during the first … [Read more…]
Here are some of the highlights of the night sky in April: 9 PM western sky – Jupiter hanging over the western horizon 9 PM eastern sky – Mars hanging over the eastern horizon, up throughout the night 11 PM southeastern sky – Saturn rising after sunset 11 PM eastern sky – on April 16, … [Read more…]
Here are the highlights of the night sky in April: 9 PM, western sky – Jupiter rising over the western horizon 10 PM, eastern sky – Saturn rises in the eastern sky and stays visible in the south-east throughout the night 10 PM, northern sky – Ursa Major constellation and the Big Dipper asterism are … [Read more…]
The things to watch in November: Jupiter in the eastern sky after sunset Mars rising in the eastern sky around 3 am, near the star Regulus in Leo constellation Saturn in the east just before dawn, around 6 am, near the bright star Spica in Virgo constellation Pisces constellation in the southern sky in the … [Read more…]