Tomorrow morning, Venus rises a half hour later than earlier this month, but continues its splendid display, joined from 5 to 6 o’clock by the bright, though much fainter star, Spica to its right. Spica marks the hips of Virgo, the Maiden, just returning to the skies, however, it won’t be until spring that she appears in the evening skies.
Due east this evening at 6:50 PM will be a faint cluster of stars called the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. To see them easier, look slightly to their side (either one), and their faint light hits a more sensitive part of your eye. In Japan they are known as “Subaru” – yes, the same as the car – which means “to gather together”.
Venus continues to be majestic in the morning skies, rising before 3:30 AM, and seen along side the bright star Spica to its right. Although Spica shines as the 11th brightest star in the heavens, it appears 100 times fainter than Venus. Through the month, Venus loses its height, rising an hour later, and only climbing to one quarter of the way up at month’s end.