Looking West, you can’t miss the very bright Jupiter, and to your left, the bright star Sirius almost directly South. In between Jupiter and Sirius, you should be able to make out the familiar form of the constellation Orion by looking for the three belt stars. To the above right of Orion, look for a V-shaped cluster-it’s called the Hyades. The bright red star in the Hyades is called Aldebaran.

Here is a list of things you should be able to see in Spring with just ordinary binoculars (7 x 35).

You can use this diagram as a guide. It can be downloaded at skymaps.com. The orientation for the map is set for South, with the middle of the circle representing straight overhead. Turn the map upside down when looking North.

The larger the blob on the map, the brighter the object will appear in the sky–note the magnitude legend at the bottom right of the map. Contrary to intuition, the higher the magnitude number, the dimmer the object appears.

ISS (International Space Station passes)

Will the ISS make a pass over Richmond tonight?