Evening Sky

March 25th, 2012 at 11:35 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   There is a brilliant grouping of the crescent moon (with Earthshine – note, there’s a lot of snow on the ground where the sun is shining across Asia), Venus (the brighest “star”) and Jupiter in the evening sky.  The Pleiades (seven sisters) is to the left and a little above Venus, with the constellation Orion (3 stars in a row forming the belt) to the left of the Pleiades.  You can also see the Big Dipper high to the northeast in the evening, rotating around the North Star.  Have you ever seen a “star” while the sun is still out.  Monday evening:  It might take some doing, but around 7 PM, go outside and look high up, slightly west to see if you can find the crescent moon.  Look a little to the right and down from the moon (at about 4 o’clock) and see if you can spot the planet Venus.  Since it’s high in the sky, you should be able to see this even in urban areas.  Picture here is from Wikipedia, but there’s a better picture and more here.  There’s some pretty good views of the International Space Station coming up in the early mornings, esp. on April 3rd and 5th.   ALSO:  Check out the MODIS picture from Sunday centered over Lake Michigan.  You can see the areas of fog over Lake Michigan trying to come onshore and you can see areas where it’s greened-up already!

5 Responses to “Evening Sky”

  1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    It’s those budding trees.
    This is the first year, that I’ve noticed in my back yard, that only ‘some’ of the trees have buds, while others are still completely bare. Common sense tells me it has to do with whatever ‘breed’ each one is.
    But in a normal spring, the leaves come so fast, one doesn’t notice that.

  2. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Last week we were on the Holland pier at sunset and we did manage to find Venus about 20 minutes before the sun ever set. Hard to find at first, but once you see it, it’s easy to track. We even spotted Jupiter just as the sun was hitting the horizon, pretty cool.

  3. Bill says:

    It’s 5:15 PM Monday and just walked outside and saw the little sliver of the cresent moon. And low and behold, just above it and slightly right is the planet Venus. I never thought that I would see a planet during the daytime but there it is. Amazing sight!!!

  4. Dan (Rockford) says:

    I just saw Venus. Once I found the moon it took about 20 or so seconds for my eyes to find Venus about a finger-width “above” the moon. (Once my eyes finally saw it, it was clear enough that I wondered why I had never seen it before during daylight.)

  5. Brenda says:

    I’ve been enjoying this on my way home from work. The night sky is so beautiful.

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