Sky Map

Evening sky in March 2019

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 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 in the north-west) and Sirius (Canis Major, overhead) are much hotter than cooler red stars like Betelgeuse (Orion) and Aldebaran (Taurus, low in the north-west).  

The moon will be in the evening sky from the 8th to 26th March, with Summer Equinox on the 20th at 23:58pm and full moon, a few hours later, on the 21st. Mars continues to be an evening planet setting a few hours after sunset whereas Jupiter, Saturn and Venus are prominent morning planets. Set early wake-up alarms for 29th March, as Saturn will disappear behind the occulting moon at 05:49am, reappearing at 07:07am (Cape Town times, see the Sky Guide Africa South for times in other South African areas). 

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