March 2018 – Where to look for the planets

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Use the finder charts on this page to guide you to where to look for the planets in March 2018.

A few pointers:

  • All planets visible to the unaided eye look like stars. Planets visible to the unaided eye include Mercury, Venus, Earth (look down!), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
  • In a telescope, Uranus and Neptune are visible as tiny discs. The dwarf planet Pluto remains looking like a star in even the largest amateur telescope.
  • Stars are shown to magnitude 5 on the charts unless otherwise noted. This is a compromise between what you would see from the light polluted skies of a city (where you will see significantly less stars) and dark country skies (where you will see significantly more stars).
  • Unless otherwise noted, the finder charts are prepared for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia (including Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane).
  • Chart times are given in AEST or Australian Eastern Standard Time. Remember to change for ‘Summer Time’ if this is in force in your location.

6 March 2018 – Moon and Jupiter in the mid-evening sky

Moon and Jupiter finder chart. Chart prepared for 10 pm AEST / 11 pm AEDT on Tuesday 6 March 2018 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

25 March 2018 – Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Antares finder chart – late evening sky

Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius ‘The Scorpion’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 12 am AEST / 1 am AEDT on Sunday 25 March 2018 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

25 March 2018 – Mars at Western Quadrature – late evening sky

Mars at Western Quadrature. Mars shows its minimum phase. Only 88% of the planet is illuminated by the Sun. More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadrature_(astronomy) Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

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