March 8th, 2004

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Astronomy Update


All 5 naked-eye visible planets will be visible at once late this month. Highlights I wanted to remember are:

Monday, March 22: At dusk a thin crescent Moon will appear low in the West, not far to Mercury’s upper left," Victor said.
Wednesday, March 24: The waxing crescent Moon will appear close to brilliant Venus.
Thursday, March 25: The Moon will be close to Mars, making the red planet, now rather dim, easier to locate.
Saturday, March 27: The array of five visible planets will span 135 degrees across the sky. Astronomers divide the sky into degrees as seen from Earth's surface. The Moon is one-half degree in width. Your fist held at arm's length covers about 10 degrees of sky.
Sunday, March 28: The First Quarter Moon will appear above Saturn.
Friday, April 2: The waxing gibbous Moon will appear not far to the lower left of Jupiter.