Best Night Sky Events of March 2015 (Sky Maps)

Aldebaran and the Moon, March 2015

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Tuesday, March 24, 10 p.m. EDT. The First Quarter Moon passes close to the red giant star Aldebaran and the Hyades star cluster. The bright Pleiades star cluster is off to the right. The moon will pass in front of Aldebaran for observers in northern latitudes: Kazakhstan, Russia, northeastern Scandinavia, extreme northeastern China, northern Greenland, northwestern Canada, and Alaska.

Mercury, March 2015

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Mercury is a "morning star," most favorably placed for observers in the Southern Hemisphere.

Venus, March 2015

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Venus is an "evening star" in the southwestern sky just after sunset.

Mars, March 2015

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Mars spends most of the month in Pisces, but makes a brief excursion into Cetus on February 1st and 2nd.

Jupiter, March 2015

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Jupiter just past opposition will be shining brightly most of the night. It is in Cancer all month.

Saturn, March 2015

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Saturn is just north of Scorpius' "claws," rising near midnight. It begins retrograde motion on the 14th.

Uranus, March 2015

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Uranus vanishes into evening twilight at mid-month.

Neptune, March 2015

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Neptune is still too close to the sun to be observed.

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Geoff Gaherty
Starry Night Sky Columnist

Geoff Gaherty was's Night Sky columnist and in partnership with Starry Night software and a dedicated amateur astronomer who sought to share the wonders of the night sky with the world. Based in Canada, Geoff studied mathematics and physics at McGill University and earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Toronto, all while pursuing a passion for the night sky and serving as an astronomy communicator. He credited a partial solar eclipse observed in 1946 (at age 5) and his 1957 sighting of the Comet Arend-Roland as a teenager for sparking his interest in amateur astronomy. In 2008, Geoff won the Chant Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, an award given to a Canadian amateur astronomer in recognition of their lifetime achievements. Sadly, Geoff passed away July 7, 2016 due to complications from a kidney transplant, but his legacy continues at Starry Night.