This week, Orion, the dominant cold-weather constellation, will hover over the southwestern horizon. Leo, the dominant constellation of spring, can be located above the eastern horizon.
The head of the lion is outlined by what appears to be a backward “question mark” of stars. At the bottom of the question mark is Regulus, Leo’s brightest star. To the east, or left, of Regulus is a triangle of stars that forms the lion’s hindquarters and tail. Look for Leo Tuesday night 40 degrees above the eastern horizon 1 hour after sunset. If you’re having trouble locating Leo, use the two “bowl stars” that are connected to the Big Dipper’s handle as a guidepost. A line drawn south from these two bowl stars will lead to Regulus.
Join us this weekend at the Carnegie Science Center for “Space Out Astronomy Weekend.” Check out moon rocks and meteorites, the latest telescopes and hear about the hottest astronomical news from guest speakers. Hands-on activities are geared for all ages and interest levels.
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