Welcome to the 70th edition of StormTeam 11 Starwatch! This is a blog that will be posted weekly that will list events happening in the sky this week!
Friday, April 19th 2019
Today is the April Full Moon. According to National Geographic, April’s full moon is also called the Pink Moon because Native Americans named it after a type of wildflower that blooms early.
Saturday, April 20th 2019
Tonight is Starwatch at Bays Mountain Park. Come view the night sky for free with large telescopes. The event begins at 8:30 PM. Every Saturday night in April there will be a free viewing at Bays Mountain Observatories. If the weather is poor, the planetarium theater will be used to tour the current night sky!
Finally, Leo dominates the night sky in spring. If you look almost straight overhead to the South after sunset you can see a backwards question mark followed by a triangle. This is the constellation Leo. The brightest star in Leo is Regulus, which is the heart of the Lion. Regulus is also called the Little Prince. It is in cave paintings dating back to at least 4,000 BCE. The image below shows what to look for in the sky!
Special thanks to Adam Thanz from Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium and Dr. Gary Henson from ETSU for this information. Additionally, the following sites were used: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system/full-moon/