The evening skies
Each season brings a new show for us to admire in the evening sky.
Some familiar constellations to look for in the Winter night time sky are the Big Dipper, which is sitting pretty in the Northern sky, Sagittarius the Archer and Scorpio with its beautiful red heart are racing fast towards the West across the East South Eastern morning sky as they get ready to rise for the Spring season. If you look directly overhead you will be able to see the bright star, Vega, which is part of the larger Summer Triangle. Be sure to catch the W shaped contellation, Cassiopeia as she sits regally in the NE sky. She is a circumpolar constellation, which means she continues to revolve around the Pole Star, Polaris. This causes her W shape to become an E, M or 3 as the seasons change! For Winter, she is a large E!
Student will be locating many stars and planets throughout this school year. Some of these stars and constellations were charted by the Ancient Greeks more than 2 thousand years ago! Isn't that just AMAZING?? Take some time on these cold clear nights and see how many stars and constellations you can find. It's a great way to watch the skies turn into Spring.
NOW...head outside and see what you can find! What are you waiting for?? Happy Star Gazing!
Remember....you can't see these wonders if you don't look up!