Podcaster: Rob Webb
Organization: Physics teacher at Pequea Valley High School
Description: March will brought you a few planet conjunction to watch.
Bio: Rob Webb is a physics, astronomy, and sustainability teacher at Pequea Valley High School in Pennsylvania. His passions include teaching, astronomy, astrophotography, planetariums, running, reading, and golf. A proud graduate of Dickinson College in 2005, he also obtained a Master’s Degree in Science Education from Penn State University after conducting research in regards to the current state of planetariums in Pennsylvania. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Last Quarter Moon – 7th (Visible from midnight into the morning)
7th – 12th – Morning Close Encounter Week – Moon, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn – All week, if you get up after 5:30am, you’ll see all three planets, with the Moon traveling through day to day. Jupiter will consistently be the brightest planet about 30˚ up in the South, with Mars about 15˚ down and to the left, and Saturn about 25˚ down and to the left of that.
7th – The First Quarter Moon will be 6˚ up and to the right of Jupiter
8th – The Moon will be almost right in the middle between Jupiter and Mars
9th – A thinner Moon will be just 4˚ up and to the left of Mars
10th – The Moon will be almost right in the middle between Mars and Saturn
11th – A beautiful crescent Moon will be just 2˚ above Saturn
12th – A very thin crescent Moon will form a nice line of objects, with the Moon visible as early as 5:15am, with Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter finishing the line up and to the right.
New Moon – 15th (darkest skies)
First Quarter Moon – 23rd (Visible until midnight)
CONSTELLATIONS… STRAIGHT UP
Use a sky map from www.skymaps.com to visually help you out.
If you’re looking straight up above you…
Winter: Orion is easy to spot as he is high in the south as the Sun sets. You can use Orion to find many other winter constellations.
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