The Spring Skies - March and April 2004

Our winter skies and stars are starting to fade away into the west, along with the planets Mars and Saturn, both of whom were quite brilliant in the dead of winter, but both are now turning pale and heading into the western sky after sunset.

The two most brilliant objects in the sky, aside from the moon and sun, would be Venus in the west, half-way up after sunset and shinning a brilliant blue-white, plus Jupiter in the East rising as the sun sets and setting in the West as the sun rises. Jupiter is a yellow-white, very bright star like object. It is easy to find and see both Jupiter and Venus, just look for the two brightest “stars” in the evening sky. Venus will be the most obvious, followed by Jupiter.

By the time the summer starts to end this year all these planets will be moving back into the morning sky.

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