Sky Map

Evening sky in March 2020

 

According to African starlore, the Milky Way was created when a girl of an ancient race flung a handful of ashes and burning edible root into the sky, creating a glowing path her elders could use to find their way back home.  The old red roots created the cool red stars and the young white roots, the hotter blue/white stars.

Try to identify the different coloured stars in the Milky Way as it unfurls itself directly overhead this month. These colours are an indication of the star’s surface temperature, where white stars like Rigel (see Orion, the hunter, in the northwest) and Sirius (Canis Major, the big dog, overhead) are much hotter than cooler red stars like Betelgeuse (Orion) and Aldebaran (Taurus, the bull, low in the north-west).  

The moon will be in the evening sky until 14 March and again from 26 March, with full moon on 9 March and Vernal Equinox (equal day and night) on 20  March at 05:50am. Venus, currently the beautifully bright ‘Evening Star’, is the only planet observable to the naked eye before midnight. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn continue to be prominent in the early morning skies, appearing very close to the Moon on 17 and 18 June.  

 

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