This evening the waxing gibbous Moon rises within about 7 degrees from the star Regulus in Leo the Lion. This graphic is set for 9 pm CDT (2 UT 14 March) and shows a closeup view of the area around Leo including the star Omicron Leonis, a star with a apparent magnitude of 3.5 about 1 degree from the left edge of the Moon.
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This time of the year is interesting from a ‘viewing constellations’ perspective. Over the south to western horizon are the stars of northern hemisphere winter, while the stars of the next season are over the east to southern horizon. Part of this includes the large asterism called ‘The Diamond of Virgo’. This is made up of 4 stars, each one borrowed from a different constellation. Cor Caroli – Canes Venatici the Hunting Dogs; Denebola – Leo the Lion; Arcturus – Bootes the Hunter; and just below the horizon is Spica in Virgo the Harvest Maiden.
This graphic is also set for 9 pm CDT on 13 March and is a northern hemisphere view of the sky facing toward the southern horizon.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.