Winter Stars Upon Us

November is a Prelude to Winter Astronomy

I like winter skies.  They always seem more glittery and lovely. Maybe it’s because the constellation Orion is giving us a show. Or, maybe it’s because it gets dark earlier and we have longer to look at the skies (from here in the northern hemisphere).  One of my favorite things is go out and find the Orion Nebula. Another is to look for the Hyades and the Pleiades. Actually, you can see those now (in early November) if you go out and look late in the evening. By the end of the month, they’ll be higher in the sky earlier in the evening. So, it’s worth sneaking a preview look at the pretties of the winter sky.

In my current episode of “Our Night Sky” at Astrocast.TV, we take a little tour of those last two objects — a couple of star clusters that you can see pretty easily.  And, for southern hemisphere viewers (who are heading into the warm spring and summer months) we take a little look at some neighboring galaxies to the Milky Way.

So, head over there and check it out!


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