Published on Mar 5, 2018
The March night sky offers dazzling views of the 5 bright planets, the Moon and many other celestial objects you can see without the help of any special equipment but with just your eyes. Blue Moon March 31, 2018 presents the second and final Blue Moon of the year. It’s quite rare to have two Blue Moons in a single calendar year. It last happened in 1999 and won’t happen again until 2037. Read more here: http://earthsky.org/?p=273806 Planets Both Venus and Mercury play the part of "evening stars" this month. At the beginning of the month they appear low on the western horizon. The moon itself joins the pair from March 18th through the 20th. The moon skims by the Pleiades star cluster and Taurus's bright red star Aldebaran on the next few evenings, March 21 through the 23rd. Jupiter, king of the planets, rises just before midnight this month, and earlier by month end. Even through the smallest telescope or average binoculars, you should see the 4 Galilean moons, Europa, Io, Callisto and Ganymede. The March morning sky offers dazzling views of Mars and Saturn all month long. Through a telescope, you can almost make out some of the surface features on Mars. Keep watching Mars as it travels closer to Earth. It will be closest in late July, when the red planet will appear larger in apparent diameter than it has since 2003! https://www.nasa.gov/mediacast/jpl/wh...