Episode from the podcastThe 365 Days of Astronomy, the daily podcast of the International Year of Astronomy 2009

Awesome Astronomy - March Sky Guide

Released Wednesday, 7th March 2018
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Paul Hill, Ralph Wilkins and Jenifer Millard host. Damien Phillips and John Wildridge produce.
Summary of content: What to look out, and up, for in March.
Ralph, Paul & Jen pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the solar system objects on offer to observers and imagers:
- Prepare for this year’s Mars opposition as it increases in brightness
- Jupiter at 21 degrees in the pre-dawn sky
- Bright Venus, Mercury and the moon in conjunction on 18th March
- Comet 2016 R2 PANSTARRS in Perseus
- A lunar conjunction with the Hyades Cluster and occultation of Aldebaran (for Europe).
Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year:
Ralph – Messier 81 & 82, Bode’s Galaxy & The Cigar Galaxy in Ursa Major
Jen – Messier 3, globular cluster in Canes Venatici
Paul – The Leo 1  group of Galaxies in the constellation Leo
And we finish this sky guide with March’s moon phases.
Bio: Awesome Astronomy is a podcast beamed direct from an underground bunker on Mars to promote science, space and astronomy (and enslave Earth if all goes well).

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