The March evening sky features the bold constellations and bright stars of Orion, Gemini, Taurus, Canis Major and Canis Minor. Jupiter is currently occupying a prominent position and this week the Moon passes through this rich part of the sky, enhancing the view with its close encounters with stars and star clusters. On March 7th the Moon will be passing through the Hyades star cluster and two days later through the band of the Milky Way between Orion and Gemini. If the weather permits, take in the view and watch the Moon make its grand procession through the Winter Circle. Binoculars will enhance the view.
In 2005 I began writing a column for the San Francisco Waldorf School newsletter called "The Urban Astronomer." I started this blog in 2007 as a place to archive my articles and to offer additional insights on the night sky - even if you live in a big city. In 2008 I became an occasional guest on the KFOG Morning Show, and more recently on KALW and KGO. Archived shows are posted on the blog.