Subject: Exciting Celestial Show - Moon and the Five Visible Planets Grace the Night Sky Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:27 am
Published on Mar 19, 2017 Exciting Celestial Show - Moon and the Five Visible Planets Grace the Night Sky
Brilliant Venus is racing toward its inferior conjunction on March 25. Watch its crescent get thinner and thinner as the planet's size appears larger and larger, because it is getting closer to Earth.
During the final week of March catch the planet Mercury low above the western horizon. Try to glimpse the small planet before it disappears from view.
On March 29th use the waxing crescent moon to find the planets Mercury and Mars. Once you see the moon, no matter where you live, let it guide you search for the two starlike objects in the moon’s vicinity, Mercury and Mars. You may need binoculars to spot Mercury.
In the late evening, watch for Jupiter rising in the east. A telescope will reveal the gas planet’s dark cloud bands. A large telescope might reveal the Great Red Spot. Near Jupiter you can see Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. Jupiter will be visible all month long from late evening until dawn.
Saturn appears in the southeast in the pre-dawn hours. Use a telescope to spy its famous rings.
Clips, images credit: ESO, ESA/HUBBLE & NASA/JPL
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Exciting Celestial Show - Moon and the Five Visible Planets Grace the Night Sky