March 24: Winter Constellations

Join us Saturday March 24 at 7:30 pm for a last look at The Winter Triangle, Perseus, Taurus, The Pleiades, and many other deep space objects. Mercury and Venus will make an appearance, though it might be quite chilly by the time Jupiter rises. Bring warm clothes and plenty of great questions about the universe!


Our astronomy experts will be your guide to the night sky at Penn Dixie. You may bring along your own telescope or are welcome to use one of the telescopes provided for the evening. Admission to these evening events is $4; Penn Dixie members attend for free.

Please note that we will provide updates on social media should this program be canceled due to weather.


March 24 2018

Sun & Moon:
Sunset will be at 7:32 pm
There will be a 50% illuminated First Quarter Moon visible during the entire program

Planets:
Mercury should be visible after sunset.
Venus sets at 9:00 pm
Jupiter rises at 11:35 PM pm

Constellations/Asterisms:
The Winter Triangle (Betelgeuse, Sirius, & Procyon)
The Big Dipper –NE
Cassiopeia – NW
Andromeda – NW
Perseus – NW
Taurus – W
Orion – SW
Leo – E
Gemini – Meridian

DSOs/Stars:
M42 The Great Orion Nebula
M44 The Beehive Cluster
M45 The Pleiades
NGC 869 and NGC 884 The Double Cluster in Perseus
Capella
Aldebaran
Castor & Pollux
Rigel
Regulas

Image Credits: NASA

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