National Geographic : 1943 Jul
Virgo (the Maiden) Rises to a Central Position in the Southern Sky in April THIS CONSTELLATION lies east of and be hind Leo, slightly to the south. Let your eye follow the curving "arc" of the handle of the Big Dipper and you will see the bright star Arcturus in Bootes (page 103). Then continue to follow the curved "spike" of stars to Spica, which is the most conspicuous star in Virgo (page 103). Bootes, to the north, is a prominent kite-shaped formation of stars, which is supposed to represent the driver of the Great Bear. Between Virgo and the tail of Hydra are two small but interest ing constellations, conspicuous Corvus (the Crow) and faint Crater (the Cup). Jupiter remains the most prominent planet in April, but Saturn and Mars still are visible low in the northwest. Mars has moved into the con stellation Gemini, the Twins. Crux, the Southern Cross, edges into view over the southern horizon. In the United States it can be seen only in southern Florida and Texas. About April 12, you may see Mercury in Aries, between the heads of the Ram and Cetus, low in the west while the twilight glow persists. The April sky also represents the appearance of the heavens in early morning on January 1 at 5:30 a.m .; January 15, 4:30 a.m .; February 1, 3:30 a.m .; February 15, 2:30 a.m .