Two bright lights bracket the gibbous Moon tonight. The brilliant planet Jupiter, which looks like a cream-colored star, stands to the upper right of the Moon at nightfall. Procyon, the brightest star of Canis Minor, is farther below the Moon.
Last Week's Stargazing Tips
March 10: Moon, Jupiter, and Procyon
March 9: Moon and Jupiter
As darkness falls this evening the planet Jupiter, the third-brightest object in the night sky, stands close to the upper left of the brightest: the Moon.
March 8: First-Quarter Moon
The Moon is at first quarter today, indicating that it has completed one quarter of its month-long cycle of phases. It rises around noon, stands high in the south at sunset, and sets in the wee hours of tomorrow morning.
March 7: Moon and Aldebaran
The Moon stares down into the eye of Taurus this evening, the bright orange star Aldebaran. The star is a couple of degrees below the Moon as night falls, which is roughly the width of your finger held at arm’s length.
March 6: Moon and Taurus
The Moon looks up at Taurus this evening. The bull’s shoulder, represented by the Pleiades star cluster, is to the upper right of the Moon, with his V-shaped face, highlighted by bright orange Aldebaran, farther to the upper left of the Moon.
March 5: Gegenschein
If you can get away from city lights the next few nights, look high overhead for the Gegenschein, a round, faint, hazy patch of light. It is created by sunlight reflecting off of grains of dust scattered between the planets of our solar system.
March 4: Eternal Stars
As Earth turns, most stars rise in the east and set in the west. But a few remain visible all night, every night. These stars are called circumpolar, meaning “around the pole.” In ancient Egypt they were known as the eternal stars.