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do not miss! The conjunction of the planet and the moon this weekend

Link time! This is the view of the northern hemisphere. The view from the southern hemisphere below is better. The constellations of the moon, bright Venus, faint Mars, and Saturn in an 8-degree circle from March 27 to 28, 2022. Illustration by John Jardine Goss.

March 27 and 28 in the morning

You can catch one in the morning sky on March 27-28, 2022 descending ascending The moon passes in front of a trio of planets. The planets are closely aligned with each other coupling. Venus is the brightest planet, with two lightest planets nearby, Saturn in the lower and Mars in the west.

On the morning of Sunday, March 27, the moon approaches Mars above the planetarium. The moon this morning will be about 25% lit and heading toward it new Moon 1 April.

But the March 28 scene is the real stunner. Then the moon, bright Venus, faint Mars, and Saturn gather in an 8-degree circle on the planetarium. ‘Because it’ waning moon, its phase will be finer than the day before, only 16% lit. The quartet takes a great photo. And you get a great shot Send it to us!

Note to telescope users: a faint comet, 22p / headIt also falls near the planets on March 27 and 28. but for size 11And when dawn comes, you’ll need your telescope to pick it up, along with dark skies and the experience of seeing duller things.

Conjunction time: planets and moon

planets in Link With the waning moon on those March mornings. Also, there will be a conjunction between Venus and Saturn on March 29th. In all of these links, at the times shown below, the two objects are the same correct ascent (Like the celestial meridian on an imaginary grid of the sky around the earth.) Details here:

March 4 years Degree north moon 3 world time March 28
The flower is 7 years old Degree north moon 10 UTC March 28.
Saturn 4 Degree north moon 12 UTC March 28.
Venus at two years old Degree north of Saturn 13UTC March 29.

The view from the southern hemisphere

Visibility is better from the southern hemisphere, where the ecliptic cuts the horizon at a steeper angle. Not only will you see Venus, Mars, and Saturn near the moon, you might even glimpse Jupiter before sunrise.

Venus, Mars, and Saturn from above, Jupiter on the horizon, and the Moon on the right.
Morning sky on March 28 for sky-goers in the Southern Hemisphere. I was lucky! Because the ecliptic—or the path of the sun, moon, and planets in our sky—forms a steep angle with the sunrise horizon on an autumn morning, and what happens to you is just above sunrise, not as with people on the side in the northern hemisphere. Drawing by John Jardine Goose.

Conclusion: See the morning planets — Venus, Mars, and Saturn — side by side, as well as the moon’s entry into view on March 27 and 28, 2022. You might also see Jupiter in the southern hemisphere.

Read: EarthSky’s Night Sky guide for March and April 2022