Evening SkyMarch 25th, 2012 at 11:35 pm by Bill Steffen 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!