Evening sky in March 2017
The brightest star in the night sky, Sirius, is also known as the Dog Star as it forms part of the constellation Canis Major (Big Dog). Find it by following the line of the three stars in Orion’s Belt up and to the right. Sirius is 8.6 light years from Earth. The second brightest star is Canopus in Carina (Keel) high above the south-western horizon. Canopus is about 310 light years away. The Southern Cross (Crux) and Pointers shine brightly lower in the south-east.
Planet Mars moves from Pisces (Fishes) to Aries (Ram), setting about two hours after the Sun. It appears rather faint, but its reddish tint should help to identify it. Planet Jupiter is in Virgo (Maiden). With binoculars you can see the planet as a tiny, pale yellow disc and can also spot its four biggest moons.
The Moon is in the evening sky until 15 March and again on 31 March.
Autumnal equinox is on 20 March.
Earth Hour is organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and happens on 25 March at 20h30 local time. Switch off all non-essential lights for an hour and enjoy the stars in a dark night sky! For more information you can go to https://www.earthhour.org/.
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