Cool confluence

Awesome happenings in the sky March 17, as Kepler, Jupiter, the moon, and a comet will all be near the horns of the constellation Taurus.

After sunset look in the western sky and find the crescent moon. The bright white object to the upper right is the planet Jupiter, and to the left of the moon is the bright red star Aldebaran in the constellation of Taurus. Not visible to the eye is the NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft which is nearly 40 million miles away, located in the sky between the horns of Taurus the Bull. High above this collection of objects is the comet Pan-STARRS.

Image credit: Till Credner