March Astronomy

March Astronomy

March 1, 2018| Categories: Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

In March, Orion settles into the southwest for some great evening views.  The evenings also feature the Big Dipper rising in the northeast, looking like a giant question mark.  Follow the “handle” toward the horizon, where the star Arcturus rises by 9 o’clock.  After the winter Venus returns to the evening skies, joined by Mercury for the first three weeks.  (see diagram above).  The morning skies continue a fine display of the outer planets, with Jupiter rising at midnight by mid-month, sliding into the southwest toward dawn.  Mars brightens and tracks east to encounter Saturn by the end of the month.

 

 

 

 

Venus (always brighter) and Mercury are low in the west, positions shown every 4 days.

 

 

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