Observer's Archives - Mar 2003

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February 23 to March 2

Spring skies seem bland and uninteresting; dull, sparse constellations, no glittering Milky Way. We're looking away from our home galaxy into a universe that extends back to the big bang. Galaxy hunters stalk their prey southeast of Leo and in Virgo (although any vista above and below our galaxy contains galaxies galore).

March 3 to March 8

Watch for Vega's appearance in the east-summer's coming! It's really not that cold, is it?
Keep a watchful eye on Mars. The teapot (well, okay, Sagittarius) plays host to this so far modest morning planet. But, there are some treats for you ... and an excuse to add more Messier objects to your growing list. Mars takes an impressive tour across the grand Milky Way stage and passes in front of some faint fuzzies - and you can watch the show with binoculars or a small scope. On the 6th and 7th, Mars floats between M8 (Lagoon) and M20 (Trifid).

March 9 to March 15

Mars lurks near the globular cluster, M22.

On March 12th, we see Neptune in the background and Venus in the foreground. Pretend you are looking down on the Solar System. Try to sketch where you think we are relative to the Sun, then plot Venus and Neptune. Where would Uranus be? Take another look at Venus near the end of the month. Does it look like Venus has a companion? Who is this companion?

The Moon and Jupiter lie close in the sky on the 14th.

March 16 to March 22

Vesta is in opposition and is almost 6th magnitude. Once you've identified it in binoculars you should be able to see it with just your eyes-be sure to get away from city lights.

March 23 to March 29

Venus has been closing in on Uranus in the morning sky. On the 28th, Venus and Uranus hang close to each other and we'll see them closer together here than any other time zone in North America.


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