More Than Fireworks on July 4th
While much of the lights in the evening will be fireworks throughout the USA in celebration of Independence Day, take this opportunity to observe some celestial lights in the night sky. About one and a half hours after sunset, look in the west for Venus. It will only be about 6 degrees away from Regulus, the brightest star in Leo the Lion. Also note that Venus, Mars and Saturn this evening will span a mere 35 degrees of the sky, roughly in a line with that which is known as the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun in the sky. Take a look with a pair of binoculars (often used to see fireworks) and you will catch this planetary alignment. Download a free sky map online here to see what else you might find in the night sky, other than fireworks.