While stargazing one recent night it seemed to me that the regal Lion, symbol of the golden sun, was chasing winter, in the form of Orion’s dogs, Sirius the Big Dog and Procyon the Little Dog, out of the sky. Look a ways to the right of Regulus, southwest of Leo, to spot brilliant Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens. Yellow-white Procyon, the Lesser Dog, is between Regulus and Sirius. For all the dutiful dog walkers, Sirius shines from the southwest until around 10pm, even in polluted skies. Procyon is visible approaching the western horizon until after midnight and should be bright enough to see in city skies.
April 1 – 3: Use the two brightest orbs of the morning sky – the moon and Jupiter – to find three more bright celestial beauties, the planets Mars and Saturn, plus the star Antares.