Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo, culminates at midnight tonight. This means it rises at sunset, is due south at midnight, and then sets as the sun rises. Only 79 light years away, it’s actually a quadruple star but you won’t be able to see all four components as they appear too close to one another. Leo itself culminates on March 1st but can you find the constellation before then?
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
23:47 UT – New Moon. At a distance of just under 357,000 km (222,000 miles,) this is the nearest new moon of the year. (Aquarius, not visible.)
The bright star Regulus culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 1.4. Leo, all night. See image above.)
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