March finds Venus still brilliant and high in the western sky, however, we lose Venus as an evening “star” by the end of the month.
Mars (in Taurus) and Aldebaran (the eye of the bull) are both reddish in color, but Mars is becoming very dim and hard to find. Jupiter (in Virgo and near the star Spica) and Saturn (in Ophiuchus) are our only morning “stars” this month.
Zodiacal constellations visible in the evening include Gemini (the twins), Cancer (the crab), Leo (the lion) and Virgo (the maiden) with Jupiter in its midst.
The spring “arc” is again visible, drawing an imaginary curve from the Big Dipper’s “handle” through Arcturus (in Bootes) and to Spica (in Virgo).
The vernal equinox (the first day of spring) occurs on March 20. We’ve had a wet and windy winter and spring is very welcome!
See you next month.