NASA skywatching tips for March 2021 Today’s Video of the Day from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory describes what stargazers can see in the sky this month.
In early March, two reddish objects will line up with Mars: the stars Aldebaran, which forms the angry eye of Taurus the bull, and Betelgeuse, the shoulder of Orion.
This Friday morning, look for the bright star Antares about 8 degrees below the waning gibbous Moon. In addition, Mercury and Jupiter and Mercury will appear at their closest to each other as morning twilight begins.
On Tuesday, March 9, NASA skywatching tips for March 2021 the waning crescent Moon and the planets Saturn, Jupiter, and Mercury will appear near the horizon as morning twilight begins.
The first day of Daylight Savings Time falls on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Also beginning on this day, a “Wet Moon” or a “Cheshire Moon” will be visible for a few nights. This is when the thin, waxing crescent Moon appears to look like a smile in the evening sky.
On Friday night, March 19, the waxing crescent Moon will form a triangle with Mars and the bright star Aldebaran. This event will be followed by the astronomical end of winter on Saturday, March 20 at 5:37 a.m. EDT. The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini, which you’ll find high in the west.
Also in December, there’s a recently discovered comet on its way into the inner solar system that might be worth trying to observe. It’s known as Comet Leonard, and it will be at its closest to Earth on December 12th, just a couple of weeks before it reaches its closest distance from the Sun.
Also, be sure to look for Venus on March 26 and the full Moon on March 28.
Video Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory