For all the readers who are reluctant to step outside and enjoy the evening's magnificent sky, take heart; the evenings are now warm.

This month, we lose Mars as an evening "star," but now we have brilliant Jupiter to enjoy. Jupiter — our largest planet — is visible all night long, and, through binoculars, several of it's moons are visible, too. Jupiter is still in Virgo but gradually distancing itself from bright blue Spica.

Morning "stars" include brilliant Venus, rising about four hours before sunrise, and Saturn (in Ophiuchus).

Interesting constellations visible this month include Leo (the lion), Virgo (the maiden; Jupiter is near Spica, the brightest star in Virgo) and Libra (the scales). Overhead are Bootes (the herdsman) with its brightest star Arcturus and Ursa Major (the big bear) to the north. The Big Dipper — part of the bear — Arcturus and Spica form the spring "arc."

From May 25-27, while at new phase, our moon is at perigee and is the closest to our Earth all year. We have only one meteor shower this month, the Eta Aquarids, pre-dawn on May 4.

You'll hear from me again in June! Happy spring.