Springtime Stars, Moon and Planets.

Springtime Stars, Moon and Planets.

Image: Courtesy of NASA

On late Winter and early Springtime evenings - if the skies are clear - we can see some magnificent star patterns including Orion, the Hunter, and his retinue.

There is also a fine display of planets: Mercury may be glimpsed low down in the south-western sky after sunset during the first week of April, trailed briefly by red planet Mars.

Jupiter is a truly spectacular object, dominating the southerly night sky throughout Spring. It will be at its brightest, due to it being at opposition, (opposite the Sun from our viewpoint), in early April, and as close to Earth as it ever gets, at a mere 669 million (or so!) kilometres!

Saturn rises in the early hours, making a fine eastern spectacle for those early pre-dawn risers!

Come to the Planetarium to find out more about all these exciting events.

Disabled Go Logo