NASA Night Sky Notes Monthly Article

NASA Night Sky Notes Monthly Article

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Welcome to NASA's Night Sky Notes Monthly Article
(formerly the Space Place Monthly Partner Article)

The NASA Night Sky Network provides these monthly articles on the latest stargazing and NASA news to share with your organization's readership. Check back here by the 25th of each month for the following month's article, or sign up here to be reminded each time a new article is released.  Download the latest article below.

illustration of the lineup of the morning planets on March 31 2019
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March 2019 Edition: Springtime Planet Party
Updated February 15, 2019

March brings longer days for Northern Hemisphere observers, especially by the time of the vernal equinox on March 20. Ruddy Mars shines in the west after sunset and travels from Aries towards the Pleiades in Taurus. Early risers are treated to the majority of the bright planets  - Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn - dancing in the southeastern morning skies, with the Moon passing between them at the beginning and end of March. Elusive Mercury joins the lineup for a difficult but intriguing morning showing by the end of the month.

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This article is distributed by the NASA Night Sky Network, a coalition of hundreds of astronomy clubs across the US dedicated to astronomy outreach. Visit to find local clubs, events, stargazing info and more.

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last update: December 20, 2018


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