See The Lion of Spring.

| March 28, 2008 | Comments (4)

constellation-leo.jpgOne of the great joys of life, in my not-so-humble opinion, is being able to go outside at night under a clear sparkling sky and do a little stargazing. Spring has its delights and the largest of them in the night sky is the constellation Leo. You’ve probably seen it, even if you didn’t know exactly what it was you were seeing. And, if you can find Leo, then you can find the Big Dipper (and vice versa). The pointer stars that you follow to the north star one way lead you to Regulus, the brightest star in Leo the other way. Cool, no?

Anyhow, do yourself a favor and go outside the next nice night you have. You don’t need anything more than your own two eyes (and, if you really want, a basic star map and a flashlight with some red cellophane over the lens to preserve your night vision). It’s good for the mind and the soul.

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  1. Bella says:

    what contry do you have to be in to see it

  2. Paula says:

    I've always thought I had an excellent imagination, but each time I look at a constellation mapped out in this way, I realize that my imagination pales in comparison to the guys who named them.

  3. Scarlett says:

    REALLY? you don't have to be in a certain country to see a constallation. That's so cool. I never knew that. I just thought it came around a some point.

  4. Mr. Science Guy says:

    You do, sometimes, have to be in the right hemisphere; Australia never sees the Big Dipper, for instance, and America never sees the Southern Cross-but with all the constellations near the equator, which includes everything in the zodiac, you just need the right time of year, and the right time of night.

    For example, at this time of year, you won't be able to get a good view (from anywhere on Earth) of Sagittarius or Capricorn, because the Sun is in that part of the sky. But you've got some chance of seeing any of the others, if you look in the right direction at the right time of night.

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