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Aurora Update And Mars Visits The Seven Sisters

24 Mar 2019, 16:32 UTC
Aurora Update And Mars Visits The Seven Sisters
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Mars, shining just above the tree top, joins the Pleiades or Seven Sisters star cluster for the next week and a half. I took this photo last night about 8:45 p.m. when the two were 5° apart. They’ll draw closer in the coming nights. At upper left is the bright orange giant star Aldebaran and below it, the Hyades star cluster, shaped like the letter V. Bob King
Sometimes things don’t work out. Like many of you I stayed up late hoping to see the northern lights but no dice. The anticipated storm never did arrive. Yet the act of getting out and looking out is never wasted. I caught a brilliant pass of the space station and tracked three other satellites during twilight. The stars were bright and lovely, and the air pleasant for a change. Skygazing in spring is so much more relaxing than in winter.
Mars and the Seven Sisters will be closest on March 30, separated by just 3°. Stellarium
The latest space weather forecast noted that a minor storm watch is still in effect for this evening in case the “later than anticipated” CME from the sun arrives. Early evening looks best. I’ll be out ...

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