Welcome to the March 2017 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s night sky highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets.
Sky Watch March 2017
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
What’s up in March? Here are the highlights:
- The year’s highest and most dramatic Moon for small telescopes is the first-quarter phase from the 4th through the 6th at nightfall, above Orion. It virtually touches the orange star Aldebaran on the 4th.
- Venus starts the month still brilliant and moderately high but appears much lower each evening and reaches conjunction with the Sun on the 25th, ending its apparition as an evening star.
- Jupiter now rises before 10:00 p.m.; the planet forms a lovely triangle with the Moon and the star Spica on the 14th.
- Spring begins with the equinox on the 20th at 6:29 a.m. See our First Day of Spring page for facts and folklore!
- Mercury appears low in evening twilight during the end of March, sitting to the right of the thin crescent Moon on the 29th.
For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Sky Map March 2017
We offer printable sky maps, too, to help you know what you’re seeing when you look up!