This Week In Astronomy

Moon & Jupiter Huddle Up
Check out a pretty pairing of gas giant planet Jupiter and the Moon from approximately midnight March 6th into the early hours of March 7th. Depending on your location, the largest planet in the Solar System will appear as close as 4.1° from the waning gibbous Moon.
Orion Continues to Shine
Constellation Orion is still well-placed in March skies for telescopic study. Check out bright nebula M42, also called the Orion Nebula, which is visible as the middle “star” of Orion’s “sword” just south of the three recognizable stars of Orion’s belt. After March, Orion will get lower and lower in the west, making it harder to see as the Sun moves eastward in the sky.