Watch out this month for a planet promenade, a ghostly pyramid of light, and the final blue moon of the year.
Planet-hunters are in luck this month, as multiple “wandering stars” take the stage for a beautiful celestial ballet. Mercury, the innermost planet, even promises to put on a spectacular evening appearance with its best show of the year, while Earth’s lunar dance partner closes out the month with the final blue moon of 2018.
So dust off those binoculars, and get set to witness the many cosmic romps March has in store.
In the predawn hours, sky-watchers will get to see the nearly full moon pair up with the lead star in the constellation Leo, the lion. Look toward the high western sky for the star to appear less than a degree from the moon, a separation equal to two lunar disks.
Leo is a traditional stargazing target during northern spring, since observers can easily recognize the backward question mark pattern that marks the head of the celestial lion. Later the same day, nighttime sky-watchers can see the month’s first full moon, as the lunar orb officially reaches this phase at 7:51 p.m. ET.