Starry Night This Week

Each week most PBS stations air "Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer", the world's first and only weekly TV series on naked-eye astronomy. The Starry Night images on this page illustrate the show for the week of Monday March 1st, 2010. You can view the complete show script, or watch a RealPlayer video of the show.

Fun Facts And Things To Do On The First Day Of Spring

On the Vernal Equinox, or the first day of spring, the Sun passes through the intersection of the ecliptic (the Sun's path on the sky) and the celestial equator. At sunrise you will see the Sun sitting on the horizon due east.

The view shown here is for mid-northern latitudes, but similar latitudes in the southern hemisphere will see the Sun rising due east as well. The only difference will be that the ecliptic and celestial equator will be in the northern half of the sky (to the left of the viewer facing east) rather than the southern half.