Brazos Region Astronomy Service Society
What's Up for March 2011? Jane Houston Jones tells us: Messenger achieves orbit insertion around Mercury on March 18. And, stargazers can look near Jupiter in the western sky and see the swift planet Mercury this month too! What a great tie-in to a mission event! Then on the 19th, it's Sun-Earth Day. Those topics and more are covered in this month's two minute What's Up video podcast. It's amazing to me that this is the 45th podcast I've done in this series, and I begin the fifth year next month - it'll be about Saturn, naturally!
Also, March is when it becomes clear enough to see many objects in the sky, so star parties are revving up. From San Jose, to New York City, to Miami, clubs are having star parties and they want you to join them for the adventure, so be sure to check out our event calendar. Take your family, take a date, or take yourself. All are welcome, and you don't need to know a thing about astronomy.