In November, the Milky Way arches high across the mid-evening sky from east to west. At its eastern end, winter constellations Orion, the hunter; the Gemini twins; Taurus, the bull; and Auriga, the charioteer, enter the sky. At its western end, the Summer Triangle of bright stars
October is known for its clear, crisp weather, so let’s hope the pattern holds.
Mars joined Venus in the morning sky about a month ago. Mars is climbing as Earth starts to catch up to it in the orbital race, while Venus is slowly dropping as it gets ready to sail behind the sun.
September opens with Venus hosting winter constellations in the eastern predawn sky. West of the planet, the bright star Procyon, in Canis Minor, the little dog, rises at almost the same time as Venus. About 40 minutes later, Sirius, the brightest of stars, rises even farther west in Canis Major,
In August, Jupiter heads into the sunset. Every evening it sinks lower, along with its longtime companion Spica, the brightest star in Virgo. Saturn comes out in the south, between the Teapot of Sagittarius to the east and Scorpius to the west.
Venus reigns over the morning sky this month. The queen of planets rises two and a half hours ahead of the sun on July 1, with its lead growing to three hours by the 31st.
In the second week of July, go out before the sky starts to lighten and watch the V-shaped face of Taurus,
By Deane Morrison—Minnesota Starwatch
After nightfall this month, we can compare two giants: Saturn and Jupiter. Jupiter comes out as a beacon in the southwest and sets in the west a few hours later. Trailing it is Spica, the brightest star in Virgo. Below Spica and Jupiter is the skewed, four-sided form of Corvus, the crow.