Highlights of the March Sky

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Here are some of the highlights of the night sky in March:

  • 8 PM, western sky – Venus and Mars over the horizon after sunset
  • 9 PM, southeastern sky – Jupiter high in the sky
  • 3 AM, southeastern sky – Saturn rises after midnight and climbs higher by dawn
  • 9 PM, southern sky – spring constellations Gemini and Cancer; Gemini high overhead with the bright stars Castor and Pollux and the open cluster Messier 35; Cancer with the Beehive Cluster, also known as Praesepe or Messier 44
  • a total solar eclipse on March 20, only visible from North Atlantic and Arctic oceans; a partial solar eclipse will be visible in Europe, northern Africa and northwestern Asia

Related: March constellations