Local Sky Events
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- Mercury will be above the western horizon around March 20th a half hour after sunset at magnitude -1.2
- Venus is brilliant in the southwest after sunset at magnitude -4.8. Good binoculars will show the lit crescent phase decreasing, increasing in angular size, but leaves the evening sky by Mar. 25.
- First magnitude ruddy Mars is upper left of Venus, but will move farther east into Aries during March.
- Jupiter will rise in the evening sky by 9pm at the beginning of March and will brighten to magnitude -2.5. Binoculars should show some of its 4 Galilean moons.
- Saturn will follow about 6 hours behind Jupiter rising with Sagittarius. It will proudly display its glorious rings in the predawn sky at near full tilt.
- MOON: first-quarter on Mar 5; full on Mar 12; last quarter on Mar 20; and new on Mar 27.
- See our Links page - Sky Watching - for other events.
- See Sky and Telescope Magazine (This Week's Sky at a Glance) from our Links page for more events.