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Believe it or not, there’s still a few winter constellations, most notably Gemini the twins and Auriga the charioteer hanging out in the western evening Shamokin sky. Sharing that part of the heavens right now are the bright planets Venus and Mercury. They’re still putting on a great show in the low northwestern sky huddled close together after evening twilight. On Sunday night of this weekend, the very thin crescent moon joins them. I hope the clouds don’t get in the way.

Most of the spring constellations are now mainly in the eastern evening sky, and to be honest, they’re not as flashy as the winter constellations. There are still many celestial treasures to find though. You just need to dig for them a little visually, but that can be a lot of fun, especially if you can stargaze in the darker countryside skies.

Mike Lynch is an amateur astronomer and retired broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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