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CURRENT SKY HIGHLIGHTS

Be VERY CAREFUL NOT TO OBSERVE SUN DIRECTLY!  INSTANT BLINDNESS CAN OCCUR!!!  Instruments can explode!!! Cease viewing before Sun actually rises 
if you're using binoculars or telescope!!!  

Hubble Space Telescope imaged Aurorae on Saturn in 2004, images two days apart and in UV band.  Aurorae on Saturn are more closely modulated by Solar Wind than aurorae on Earth and Jupiter, and persist for several days on Saturn.

PLANET and SKY INFORMATION:  (updated April 5th, 2015)

Planet Parade:
Mercury briefly pops up low in post sunset western sky later in April.

Brilliant Venus hangs high in western post sunset sky, gaining altitude for a few more weeks.

Mars is lost in the sunset western sky, will not be readily visible for several months.

Jupiter is high in southern sky by darkness, will rendezvous with Venus in early Summer.

Saturn, the yellowish dot, rises just after midnight in east.

The Big Dipper is very high to the north in early evening, arc of handle points to bright star, Arcturus in east.

The stars of Winter, such as the constellation, Orion, are setting in the west in evening, replaced by dimmer stars of Spring.  Leo is high with bright stars Regulus and Denebola, and Spica marks the center of Virgo in southeastern sky, a short hop from Arcturus.  Later in evening, Scorpius rises with brilliant red Antares, yellowish Saturn is nearby.

If you are stargazing in the wee hours before sunrise, the Summer Triangle is visible in eastern portion of sky, featuring bright stars Vega, Deneb, and Altair.

Note the different colors of stars, why do they appear different?  (Think of electric stove burner element.)


 
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