Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo find Regulus

The moon will be right next to Regulus, the brightest star in the Leo constellation tonight. (Illustration: Andrew Fazekas of SkySafari)

The moon will be right next to Regulus, the brightest star in the Leo constellation tonight. (Illustration: Andrew Fazekas of SkySafari)

Although I am fascinated by the stars, I’m not terribly good at identifying them. Tonight, though, the moon’s going to help me out. Andrew Fazekas, who writes on the night sky for National Geographic, tells me that tonight, the moon will be hanging out next to Regulus, the brightest star in the Leo constellation. That might just be enough to help me pick Regulus (and Leo himself) out.

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Nine-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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One Response to Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo find Regulus

  1. rayworth1973 says:

    Deep within the realm of galaxies. I hope the weather’s clear the next new moon. I’m just sayin’.

    Oh, and after 50+ years as a visual observer, I don’t know the names of hardly any of the stars. After 50 years of manually finding 2,000 faint fuzzy objects in the sky, I finally broke down and bought a digital setting circle setup for my telescope. However, when setting it up, each evening, I have to align it with two major stars. Of course, they use the “names” of the stars in the setup software. Now, here’s old Fred who doesn’t know diddly about star names! So, I had to look them all up on star charts and print those key stars out so I could find them all when I go out for an observing session. I know a few of them but if I’m ever in a situation where I have to pick and choose, I’m often lost. I know star patterns as well, but don’t ask me the constellations because half the time I get them wrong, or the wrong borders. Why? Because I don’t care!

    I could never do the “Star Tours” our club puts on at outreach events we do every month. Yet when it comes to finding objects in the sky…

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