In March, Orion settles into the southwest for some great evening views, appearing to “stand” on the horizon, with Taurus to his right, and the Great Dog to his left. 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. Venus commands the evening skies, approaching its highest and brightest appearance of the year. The morning skies become increasingly interesting, as our trio of outer planets – Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn – enjoy a series of encounters (see diagram above of a busy morning sky).
Keep up on the latest happenings in your night sky with the Eye on the Night Sky!