Night Sky Highlights in March

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Here are some of the things to see in March:

  • 8 PM, eastern sky – Jupiter rising above the horizon in the evening
  • 3 AM, southeastern sky – Saturn and Mars visible above the horizon after midnight, rising higher in the sky by dawn
  • 9 PM, southern sky – the zodiac constellations Gemini and Cancer; Gemini high overhead with the bright stars Castor and Pollux and the large open cluster Messier 35; Cancer with Praesepe, a bright, large open cluster also known as the Beehive Cluster or Messier 44
  • a total solar eclipse on March 9, visible mainly in Singapore and Indonesia; a partial eclipse will be visible from parts of Asia and Australia on the morning of March 9, while some observers in Alaska and Hawaii will be able to see the event before sunset on March 8

Related: March constellations