Planetary Treats and Celestial Delights During Aries
For the Northern Hemisphere
March 20 - April 20, 2011

All times are local unless otherwise specified.

Night Sky Visitors ...

My 2011 sabbatical continues. In this abbreviated edition of the Pisces Night Sky, I offer the following to keep you looking up and tuned to the wonders above.

Clear skies,
Susan Sun

Look Up!

Planetary Treats
Universe Today ... Search for any planet; learn the latest!
Star Gazer's Show Scripts
highlight planets in the night sky.
Celestial Delights
International Dark Sky Week ~ 4/1-8
How Many Heavenly Rabbits Do You Know?
Scorpius the Rival of Orion
Who Rules Spring?
Plus ...

Sky Lights
Sky Calendars
Moon Dances 3/4-4/3
Moon Dances 4/3-5/3
Aries Navigation Page
The Night Sky ~ Home Page

Planetary Treats

See Sky Lights below for a planetary summary.

The Planets
Is it a planet? ... What planet? When you look up at the night sky, how do you know you are looking at a planet? Learn what a plutoid is. Click here.

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Celestial Delights

International Dark Sky Week in 2011 occurs Friday - Friday, April 1 - April 8. This event raises awareness about the importance of preserving a dark sky and promotes the hobby of astronomy. During this week people are encouraged to turn out their unnecessary outdoor lights in order to temporarily reduce light pollution. International Dark Sky Week is an educational and a take action event.

As cities continue to grow, so does light pollution through poor planning and misuse of outdoor lighting. While light pollution is detrimental to our ability to observe and enjoy the night sky, it also disrupts the surrounding natural environment, wastes energy, and has the potential to cause health problems. Newsletter 3/19/08

The mission of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment from any adverse effect of artificial light. See IDA’s Best Choice Lighting page for resources. Check out Sky and Telescope's Saving Dark Skies for links to helpful, interesting and pertinent articles.

IDA is encouraging everyone to support Earth Hour, which is a global initiative to "turn off the lights" in cities around the world for one hour, starting at 8:30pm local time on Saturday, March 26, 2011. It is intended to bring together a diverse group of community, municipal, corporate and non-governmental organizations, to heighten awareness of the impacts of climate change on the world, and to inspire individuals and businesses to take practical action to reduce their own carbon footprint. Learn more at

The value of the night is explored in Ecology Of The Night. National Park scientists on the Night Sky Team work to preserve the Natural Lightscapes, dark night skies above our national parks.

Take action for a dark sky!

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How Many Heavenly Rabbits Do You Know?
Full Moon
Easter Bunny?

For the legend of the Easter Bunny
and the Rabbit in the Moon click here.

Find Three Rabbits in the Heavens!

Moon Rabbit as shown above is always seen in the Full Moon.

Lepus The Hare ~ the Cosmic Bunny is located below Orion's feet. He's easier to see in a dark country sky. Use this fun star map for orientation, then compare to this Easter 8:30pm Sky Chart. This cosmic bunny might just have an Easter Egg for you!

Bunny's Footprints belong to a magical bunny and you can track these footprints in Scorpius throughout the year.

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Scorpius the Rival of Orion
Scorpius Rises in the East as Orion Sets in the West

The Myth ~ Scorpius the Rival of Orion

Scorpius is the legendary killer of Orion. Orion was a great hunter who bragged about his skills until the gods grew tired of his boasting. The scorpion was sent to punish Orion, who never thought of such a small creature as a threat. Once he was stung, it was too late. Both were placed in the sky although Orion's last wish was that he never be in the sky as the same time as the scorpion. Thus, Scorpius rules the northern hemisphere's summer while Orion rules the winter skies.

Orion and His Rival
A Fun Cartoon comparing the HUGE red star
in Orion with the HUGE red star in Scorpius. Enjoy!


Who rules Spring?
Leo the Lion!


During Aries as Orion sets in the west and Scorpius rises in the east around midnight, Leo the Lion, as if chasing winter Orion out of the sky, lies overhead as the master of spring. This cosmic Lion rules spring.

Regulus and Leo the Lion Spring Up!


May Spring's Emerging Opportunities Bless you!

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May your Night Sky traveling always be filled
with Celestial Delights and Treats!
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