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Thursday March 14 to Thursday March 21


The First Quarter Moon is Sunday March 17. The Earth is at Equinox on the 20th. Jupiter is low in the north-western twilight sky and sets around an hour after the sky is fully dark. On the 14th the crescent Moon is near Jupiter. Venus is visible in the morning twilight below Mars. Saturn makes an appearance low in the morning twilight by midweek, and is close to Venus from the 19th.

The First Quarter Moon is Sunday March 17. The Earth is at Equinox on the 20th when the day is equal in length to the night.

Evening sky on Thursday, March 14 as seen from Adelaide at 20:30 ACDST (60 minutes after sunset). Jupiter is low above the north-western horizon and near to the crescent Moon.  The inset is the telescopic view at this time.

    

Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset).

Morning
sky on Saturday, March 16 as seen from Adelaide at 06:21 ACDST, (60
minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen). Mars, Venus and Saturn form a line, you will need a level uncluttered horizon, and possibly binoculars, to see Saturn. The inset is the telescopic view at this time.

 

Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise).

 

Morning
sky on Thursday, March 21 as seen from Adelaide at 06:25 ACDST, (60
minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen). Venus is below Mars and close to Saturn.

 

Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise).

 

Whole sky on Saturday, March 16 as seen from Adelaide at 21:08 ACDST, 90 minutes after sunset (click
to embiggen). Jupiter is low in the north-west.Orion is now in the north-west. Bright Sirius is high in  the north-western sky. Between the bright star
Canopus and the Southern Cross are a wealth of binocular objects to
discover. With the Moon waxing, this is still an excellent time to hunt the fainter clusters.

 

   

 Elsewhere
in Australia will see a similar view at the equivalent time (90 minutes after sunset).

 

 

Mercury is lost in the twilight.

Venus is in the morning twilight, it is sinking towards the horizon but will remain visible for all of March. Mars and Venus draw further apart. On the 21st Venus is below Mars and close to Saturn.

Mars is rising in the morning twilight and moving away from Venus. 

Jupiter is visible low in the early evening twilight sky. On the 14th the crescent Moon is near Jupiter.

Saturn returns to the morning twilight. On the 21st Venus is close to Saturn.

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