Southern Cross Stargazer for Feb. 23-March 1, 2014

 

Sunday

Mid-evening, outer planet blue-green Uranus, in Pisces Fish, descends toward the western horizon. Aries, Ram, chases Pegasus, Winged Horse, onto the western horizon. The Royal Family swings low in the northwest. Capella guides Auriga, Charioteer, toward the northwest.

The delicate Seven Sisters lead Taurus, Bull westward. Aldebaran (Bull’s red eye) winks from the V-shaped Hyades cluster (Bull’s face). Bright Jupiter glows overhead on the right of the Gemini Twins, Castor and Pollux. The dim Beehive cluster shimmers in Cancer, Crab, below the Twins.

Gigantic Orion, Hunter, now stands upright in the south aiming at the Bull. Procyon, Little Dog, follows Orion. Brilliant Sirius, a nearby blue giant star, sparkles in Orion’s Big Dog trotting on its hind legs after Orion. Sirius has a small companion star (white dwarf about the size of Earth) that orbits Sirius once every 50 years. The Pups trail the Big Dog. Canopus twinkles multi colors from the ancient ship low in the south. Binoculars enhance the colors of Sirius and Canopus. Leo, Lion crawls higher in the east.

Recently several bright southbound meteors were seen, possibly dust tail particles from Comet Ison consumed by the sun last fall.

Ruddy Mars appears in the east about 11 p.m. in Virgo. The Big Dipper rises higher in the northeast. Binoculars reveal a colorful double star in the curved handle of the Big Dipper. Arcturus, Herdsman, sparkles in the east-northeast.

• Call 305-661-1375 for the evening track of the International Space Station this week.

Wednesday

Around 6 a.m. aim binoculars/cameras on the waning crescent moon 5 degrees below blazing Venus in the southeast.

Thursday

By 1:30 a.m. silver Saturn rises in the southeast in Libra. About 6 a.m. the waning moon leads Mercury above the eastern horizon. Blazing Venus, Morning Star, rises higher in the southeast. Huge Scorpius crawls across the south. Red supergiant Antares, the heart, beats in the Scorpion’s torso.

The Sagittarian Teapot appears in the southeast below Venus. Mars drifts about 5 degrees from Spica, in Virgo and follows Corvus, Crow, across the southwest. The Lion crawls lower in the west. Arcturus, Herdsman, sparkles overhead. The Big Dipper hangs in the north.

Friday

By 6:15 a.m. the old thin moon appears on the eastern horizon.

Saturday

New moon occurs at 5 a.m. About 6:45 p.m. a very young moon briefly hugs the western horizon.

•  Open House, sunset to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Southern Cross Observatory, 23325 SW 217th Ave., Homestead, 33031 (GPS). Enjoy brilliant winter skies with SCAS hi-tech equipment. Bring family, friends, chairs, snacks, binocular and telescopes.

Compiled by Barb Yager, Southern Cross Astronomical Society, 305-661-1375, scas.org.

Read more Lifestyle stories from the Miami Herald

  • The Edgy Veggie

    Edgy Veggie: Eggless ‘Egg Salad’

    This must be the egg industry’s favorite time of the year. There’s Easter eggs, egg-rich Easter cakes and cookies, Easter brunch omelets, casseroles and eggs Benedict (eggs atop English muffins and in the Hollandaise sauce). Eggs also play a big part at Passover. They’re on the Seder plate and in matzo balls, kugels and Passover desserts. Eggs, though, aren’t all they’re cracked up to be for cholesterol avoiders, allergic folk (eggs are among the top eight food allergens) and vegans. Plant-powered egg alternatives mean we still get a place at the holiday table.

  • Cook’s Corner

    Cook’s Corner: Behold the new colors of Easter eggs

    Radiant Orchid, Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year, not only is the hot spring fashion color, but it has made its way into the Easter egg parade. Forget the pastels of yesteryear; what’s trending now are vivid colors. McCormick developed these formulas for making vibrant dyes.

  •  
Linda Bladholm

    A Fork on the Road

    A Fork on the Road: Choices Cafe gives vegans plenty of flavor

    In a sign of the times, a small vegan café has opened a larger outpost, offering meatless burgers, wraps, soups and salads. Choices Cafe doubles as a juice bar with cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices and innovative smoothies such as the Miami Heat with mango, jalapeño, lime, plantain, ground flax and chia seeds and agave.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category