THE STARS THIS WEEK

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Sun­day

The con­stel­la­tion, Aires the Ram, sets in the west early this even­ing. At the same time, Leo the Lion rises in the east. East above and to the left of Mars is the brighter pink red planet Mer­cury.

Mon­day

Corvus the Crow perches in the south­east dur­ing the early even­ing. This trape­zoid shaped group­ing of moder­ately bright stars is easy to lo­cate dur­ing moon­less nights. Corvus was charted over 2000 years ago.

Tues­day

March is as­so­ci­ated with Mars the an­cient God of War. To­day Mars can be spot­ted low in the west dur­ing the early even­ing. Glit­ter­ing be­low and to the right of Mars is the brighter pink red planet Mer­cury.

Wed­nes­day

The moon reaches new phase, a fine time to search for faint con­stel­la­tions and deep sky ob­jects that pop­u­late our late win­ter skies.

Thurs­day

An slim cres­cent moon may be vis­i­ble very low in the west dur­ing even­ing twi­light. Binoc­u­lars and a clear hori­zon will help in spot­ting this young moon.

Week­end

Yel­low Jupiter is up in the east be­fore dawn. Look for its four largest moons and col­or­ful bands with binoc­u­lars and tele­scopes. Be­low Jupiter, Saturn and its fa­mous rings can be spot­ted in small tele­scopes.

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