Saturday, March 02, 2013
Southern Skywatch March 2013 Edition is now up.
The March edition of Southern Skywatch is now up. There's a little bit of planetary action this month, and quite a bit of cometary action and an occultation.
Comet 2011 L4 PanSTARRS will be at it brightest, and already it is visible to the unaided eye with a short tail, low in the twilight horizon.
Venus is lost to view.
On March 2 and 29 the Moon is close to Saturn.
Jupiter is in the evening sky near the Hyades. Jupiter was at opposition on the 3rd, when it was largest as seen from Earth. This is still a good time for telescopic views of Jupiter. On the 18th the Moon and Jupiter are close.
Mars is lost to view.
Mercury is is low in the morning sky and is close to the crescent Moon on the 11th, after ths Mercury is prominent in the morning sky.
The star Spica is occulted on the 28-29th in northern Australia.
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