What's Up: The Sky Tonight


Each month on this page, the Big Sky Astronomy club hosts a video, produce by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) featuring the planets, deep sky objects and one or more of the constellations that are visible in our night sky at this particular time of year.


Featured during the month of March, 2018

  • As the days slowly begin to warm and lengthen, the first constellations of the spring make their appearance.

  • Gemini and Cancer, two constellations of the Zodiac are among the first to herald spring;

  • The two brilliant stars, Castor and Pollux define the heads of The Twins;

  • Near the Twins feet lies the open cluster M35, consisting of hundreds of jewel-like stars;

  • The dimmer constellation Cancer is now seen as a crab, but was earlier depicted as a lobster or crayfish;

  • The Beehive Cluster, or M44, is a grouping of several hundred stars lying about 577 light years distant;

  • Planets visible before dawn include Saturn, Mars and Jupiter;

  • Using a small telescope you can observe Saturn's beautiful ring system as well as Jupiter's colorful atmospheric bands;

  • Mars, a much smaller planet than Saturn or Jupiter, appears as a tiny, reddish disk;

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"Discover the Universe with The Big Sky Astronomy Club"