What’s Up: March 2023 Skywatching Tips from NASA

By on March 3, 2023

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Following their close approach in the sky on March 1, Venus and Jupiter go their separate ways. Venus climbs higher each evening, while Jupiter exists the morning sky at month’s end. And those with binoculars of a small telescope can seek out dwarf planet Ceres, which is at its brightest this month. Moon & planet highlights Dwarf planet Ceres at opposition March Moon phases.

  • All month – Jupiter and Venus are visible in the west after sunset. The two planets began the month super close together on March 1, but grow farther apart each night throughout the month.
  • All month – Dwarf planet Ceres is at opposition in March, which means it’s visible throughout the night and is at its brightest for the year. Find it using binoculars or a small telescope, with constellation Leo as your guide.
  • March 7 – Full moon
  • March 21 – New moon
  • March 23 – Look westward to find the Moon as a beautifully slim crescent this evening after sunset, hanging just below blazing bright Venus.
  • March 24 – Following sunset, find the Moon in the west as a beautifully slim crescent hovering just above brilliant Venus.
  • March 25 – The crescent Moon sits next to the brilliant Pleiades star cluster tonight

Additional information about topics covered in this episode of What’s Up, along with still images from the video, and the video transcript, are available at https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/skywatch….





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