Tour April’s Sky! | March 29th, 2012

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S&T: Lauren Darby
Venus and Jupiter are no longer as close as they were in early March, but seeing them both in the western sky after sunset is still a treat.

Meanwhile, the red planet Mars is unmistakably bright, high up in the southeast at nightfall. To its upper right are Regulus and the stars of Leo.

Even farther to the left, just above the eastern horizon, you'll find two bright stars side by side. The slightly brighter one on the left is the planet Saturn. To its right is the star Spica. They are nearly equal in brightness, but Saturn is creamy colored while Spica is icy white.

To get a tour of "what's up" for the next few weeks, download April's audio sky tour. It's a 6-megabyte MP3 file that's 6 minutes long.