“Gateway to the Stars” March 2 – Bright Stars and Jupiter

Mike Murray

The skies of March still feature the brilliant stars of winter but also reveal the coming of spring with new stars slowly displacing them in the east. Join us for Gateway to the Stars this Saturday, March 2. Orion continues to serve as an excellent “pointer” to other constellations and deep sky wonders like star clusters and nebulae. For example, the prominent stars in Orion’s belt can guide you to the brightest star in the entire night sky – follow the line from the belt down and left and you’ll find Sirius, the “Dog Star” in Canis Major.  Or draw a line from Orion’s belt up and to the right to find Aldebaran, the fiery eye of Taurus the Bull.  But be careful not to confuse Aldebaran with Jupiter, also orangish-yellow in color but much brighter than the bull’s eye.  Jupiter will be higher and to the right of Aldebaran, along the same line from Orion’s belt.  Continue a little further and you’ll also see the famous Pleiades Star Cluster, the “Seven Sisters.”

The Orion Nebula is a massive star forming region

Tickets for this presentation are $2, members are free.Come and get a preview of the many celestial delights visible this month! Showtime is Saturday, March 2 at 6:45 pm in the Hansen Dome Theatre.

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