Venus and Jupiter especially bright in March

March 2, 2015 6:52 PM

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Venus, the brightest of March's visible planets, will rise each evening in the west. A fading Mars will be visible to some as a red speck just above the west-southwestern horizon. Urban pollution may require star gazers to use binoculars to find Mars. Those with binoculars or a small telescope will also be able to coax out the appearance of the pale blue Uranus, just below Venus on March 4. On March 21, a rail-thin crescent moon will appear directly next to Venus.

An especially bright Jupiter -- brighter than all other stars, and second only to Venus -- will rise each evening in the east, appearing amidst the constellation Cancer. It will remain visible throughout the night. On March 2 and 3, the waxing, near-full moon and Jupiter will pass closely by.

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