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The Stars of Spring

As winter fades and spring arrives the stars in our evening sky change and new stars, not seen over the winter, make a reappearance. Two of those stars are Arcturus, in the constellation of Bootes, and Spica, in Virgo, both of which will become early evening objects in April (in early March Spica doesn’t rise until 2130, three hours after sunset). Spica, or the “ear of wheat” is held by Virgo the Virgin, and its presence in the evening sky has long been used by ancient astronomers as an indication that spring is coming. continue….   Stars in the Solar System Arcturus, a red giant, looks orange to the eye. It is the brightest star on the northern half of Earth’s sky dome. Arcturus is especially noteworthy for its large proper motion, or sideways motion across our sky.   Arcturus: Facts About the ‘Bear Guard’ Star   How to Find Spica Star in the Sky Scouts and stargazers remember this trick with the saying: Follow the arc to Arcturus, and speed on to Spica.   Spica 2014 in March and April   Spica History and Facts – a lot of information
Spica rises just as the Sun sets in early April, about an hour after Arcturus has risen.   Find your birthday’s planetary alignment   Astronomy Lessons   sky events for 2014

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