Look Up To See The Winter Hexagon, Even In Spring

Mar 26, 2020

Spring has arrived and we’re starting to enjoy more pleasant weather. And as we practice social distancing, people are still encouraged to go outside for exercise, walking pets, and to maintain their sanity.

While the meteorological spring starts earlier in the month with the first signs of warmer weather, the astronomical spring starts when the day is longer than the night, Jean Creighton explains. With the March equinox comes a chance of scenery in the sky — making it a perfect opportunity to go outside by yourself or people you live with and simply look up.

"The winter hexagon is probably the best collection of stars that we ever get to see at our latitude," notes Creighton.

She joins Lake Effect’s Audrey Nowakowski to explain spring's astronomical change, as well as what to spot in the still visible winter hexagon: