Depending on who you ask about when spring actually begins, you’re likely to get different answers. Meteorologists will tell you it starts on March 1st, while astronomers will argue that March 19th is the beginning of Spring (in North America, at least). Well, fortunately for all of you sky-watchers out there, spring is already on its way – and it’s literally written in the stars!
The Early Evening Is Perfect for Stargazing
The spring of 2020 is perfect for stargazing because of the recent equinox where the length of day and night is almost equal. Spring has brought many bright stars and newly visible constellations. You can also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of our own solar system.
The Bright Stars to Look Out For
The Northern Hemisphere will still be dominated by the bright Venus up until June. In the coming weeks, you can see the “belt” stars of Sirius and Orion shining brightly just south of Venus. In the east, you can look out for the blue-white Spica in Virgo, the ruby red supergiant Arcturus in Boötes, and Regulus in Leo. To get the ultimate stargazing experience, look up at around 10 p.m., and you will see the “Spring Diamond.”
Finding Regulus & Leo “The Lion”
Leo, “the lion,” is here to replace winter constellations like Gemini and Taurus. Leo’s brightest star is Regulus, and you can see it around 10 p.m. if you look to the south. It’s shaped like a backward question mark comprised of 6 stars.
How to Find the “Spring Diamond”
The stars forming the “Spring Diamond” are shaped like a diamond, ergo its name. Once you’ve found Regulus, turn northeast and try to spot the Big Dipper. Follow its arc, and you’ll see Arcturus low on the eastern side. When you spot it, take a spike to the southeast to see the Spica right above the horizon. Then go back to Regulus and trace your steps to see the full constellation. Voila!