|How to see tonight’s conjunction |
of Venus and Mars in Australia
Leo is one of the original Greek constellations and also one of the 12 constellations of the zodiac. The zodiac is a band of constellations that maps the path of the Sun (known as the ecliptic), and therefore the Moon and planets can be found passing through these constellations throughout the year.
|John GRAY sounds rather alien to me:-)|
If you look up from Down-under tonight you might be able to see the inspiration for so many of humanity's myths ... but you might not be able to see Uranus:-)"Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun. Its name is a reference to the Greek god of the sky, Uranus, who, according to Greek mythology, was the great-grandfather of Ares (Mars), grandfather of Zeus (Jupiter) and father of Cronus (Saturn)."
"On Tuesday evening, the pair will appear so close together, they will fit within the field of view of a telescope or pair of binoculars. Yet in reality, they are millions of kilometres apart – Venus will be around 210 million km from Earth and Mars a more distant 370 million km."
From our vantage point in the southern hemisphere, Leo appears upside-down. In fact, all the constellations, and even the Moon, are viewed "upside-down", because we live on a sphere.
The brightest star in the constellation of Leo is Regulus, often called the "little king".