The What's Up March 2012 calendar helps you plan your stargazing!
Every month, Jane Houston Jones guides us through the sky in the What’s Up videos. We’ve made a list for you from the video so that you can be sure to see February’s stargazing highlights. Get out to a star party to get some sweet views through fabulous telescopes. Consider becoming an astro club member - you'll share information, be able to borrow equipment, and learn or perfect your use of binoculars and telescopes.
Your StarGazing Shortlist
Every week will have an amazing planetary view!
Venus and Jupiter - Look west to spot these beauties. On March 12th and 13th, they meet and pass one another. Venus is the brighter of the two and through a telescope you can see its half-lit phase. At sunset on March 25th, look for the Moon near Jupiter. On March 26th, the Moon is near Venus.
Mars - March is a great time to see Mars. On March 7th, look east around 11:00 p.m. and use the Moon to find Mars. You can see Mars all night long! It’s wonderful to imagine where NASA's Mars Landers and Rovers are on the Red Planet t while observing Mars. Curiosity, the Mars Rover, will land in Gale Crater in August 2012. Read our article on how to see Mars.
Saturn - Look east to find Saturn in the constellation Virgo. On March 10th & 11th, let the Moon guide you to Saturn.
Comet Garradd - Look north around 7:30 p.m. between the Big and Little Dipper to see Comet Garradd through March 17th. You'll need a telescope.
March 20, 2012 is Sun-Earth Day and many people celebrate this as the Spring Equinox. This is a great time for safe solar viewing!
June 5-6, 2012 (depends on location) is the Transit of Venus, when Venus will cross the Sun. You'll definitely want to celebrate this amazing event with some safe solar viewing with a Night Sky Network astronomy club! Here's an article on the Transit of Venus!
Watch What's Up for March 2012? Amazing Planetary Views for sky charts and Jane’s explanation of the stargazing targets that are on the StarGazing Shortlist.
Read the March 2012 Guide to the Five Visible Planets by EarthSky for more details and sky charts. EarthSky is our stargazing partner and we feature their easy-to-read charts on our planner, Facebook, and Twitter.
You may also enjoy Tonight’s Sky: Highlights of the March Sky by the HubbleSite.
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