Arcturus and Spica


Sky viewing conditions tonight: GOOD

Moon rise: 2:52 a.m.

Moon phase: Waning Crescent, 24% illumination

What to look for in the night sky tonight

Use the Big Dipper to guide you to two of spring’s brightest stars. Follow the curve of the Dipper’s handle to the south and you’ll easily spot Arcturus. Continue about 30 degrees past Arcturus and you’ll see Spica. An easy way to remember the two is by the phrase, “Follow the arc to Arcturus, then drive a spike to Spica.”

On the chart of the night sky below, I have circled the Big Dipper in red. Arcturus is the little green circle. This is the night sky at 9:00 p.m.


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