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The Perseus Double Cluster (Rich Richins)

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Mercury makes a nice showing this month, and it's easy to find. It will be close to bright Venus for much of the month. It'll be the highest at mid-month, then begin to slowly dip back toward the Sun's glare.



Venus is now the evening star. It's low in the west at dusk, but will appear a little higher each evening. It pairs nicely with Mercury for much of the month.


Mars (D. Dockery)

Mars move through Ophiuchus and into Sagittarius during March ending up near Saturn at month's end. It rises around midnight, so is high in the pre-dawn sky.

Sky Info for March, 2018

Sky Map for January, 2016

The image above shows the position of planets, stars and constellations on March 15, 2018 at about 9:00 pm MDT from Las Cruces, New Mexico.


Jupiter (D. Dockery)

Jupiter shines brightly in Libra. It rises around 11 pm during March, and is in a fine position for you early morning observers. No double or triple transits are visible from Las Cruces during March.


Saturn (S. Smith)

Saturn is in Sagittarius. It will rise around 2 am during March. The tilt of the rings (as viewed from Earth) will diminish slightly this year, but it's still inclined beautifully for viewing the ring gaps.


Uranus and Neptune

Uranus (in Pisces) is low in the western sky at dusk. Other than Venus which sets very early, Uranus is the only planet in the evening sky. Neptune (in Aquarius) reaches conjunction on March 4, and will be lost in the Sun's glare all month.