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