Well, it's been a lovely winter for us in Southern California, but nasty cold elsewhere and the vernal equinox (the first day of spring) occurs on March 20. Hurray!


The winter constellations are still visible. Canis Minor (the little dog) is almost overhead early, with its bright star, Procyon. Cancer (the crab) and Gemini (the twins), with bright Jupiter in its midst. The zodiacal parade is joined by Leo (the lion), with its brightest star, Regulus. To the north, the Big Dipper (an "asterism," and part of Ursa Major, the big bear), is again upright. Indian legends say when the Big Dipper is inverted, the water runs out. It was sure full of water elsewhere, but not for us.


We still have only one evening "star": that bright Jupiter in Gemini, and near Castor and Pollux, the "twins." Next month, Mars will join the evening show. For now, Venus, Mars and Saturn are still morning "stars." There are no notable meteor showers in March, either.


See you in April!