Mar 7th: Awesome Astronomy’s March Sky Guide

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Podcaster: Ralph, Paul & Jen

Title :Awesome Astronomy’s March Sky Guide

Organization: Awesome Astronomy

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Description: What to look out, and up, for in March.

Ralph, Paul & Jen pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers:

  • Prepare for this year’s Mars opposition as it increases in brightness
  • Jupiter at 21 degrees in the pre-dawn sky
  • Bright Venus, Mercury and the moon in conjunction on 18th March
  • Comet 2016 R2 PANSTARRS in Perseus
  • A lunar conjunction with the Hyades Cluster and occultation of Aldebaran.

Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year:

  • Ralph – Messier 81 & 82, Bode’s Galaxy & The Cigar Galaxy in Ursa Major
  • Jen  – Messier 3, globular cluster in Canes Venatici
  • Paul – The Leo 1  group of Galaxies in the constellation Leo

And we finish this sky guide with March’s moon phases.

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