by Shell Selvans
Blessed New Moon! In the coming week or two, I welcome you to go outside with your family at 8:00PM or so and enjoy the early, dark sky.
The winter stars return! The winter season may be colder and less full of green, growing things than the rest of the year, but the stars are glorious. And with a cup of hot cider, what could be better?
Look to the east at 9:00PM or so and you will find the bright stars and constellations that will be overhead in the depths of winter: Orion's belt (and Betelgeuse and Rigel) and Sirius (Hail Isis!) (see January's post for more details), and the red Aldebaran in Taurus. The are also close to Capella (see October's post for more details), and make up a circle of the greatest concentration of bright stars in our night sky.
Look up from the horizon from Aldebaran and you'll see the Pleiades - this cluster of baby stars (only 100 million years old!) marks the holiday of Samhain/Halloween, when it rises at dusk… so that the Pleiades are directly overhead at midnight that night.
The following star chart can help you find Orion, Aldebaran, and the Pleiades:
Make sure to line the direction printed on the edge of it up with the direction you're facing. After 8:00PM, the stars will have rotated a bit from where they're shown. Also, you might want to find your own chart if you are on our Mother Earth somewhere other than the contiguous 48 states of the U.S., or a similar latitude.
Blessed be your stargazing!
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