March 2016 – Where to look for the planets

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 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia.
  • Times are listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time and Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time when in force. As a guide, in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory in 2016, Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday 3 April and begins on Sunday 2 October 2016.

Predictable Astronomy Events March 2016

  • Jupiter reaches opposition at 9 pm AEST / 10 pm AEDT on Tuesday 8 March 2016

8 March 2016 – Jupiter at opposition finder chart – Evening day sky

Jupiter at opposition finder chart. Chart prepared for 9 pm AEST / 10 pm AEST on Tuesday 8 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Jupiter at opposition finder chart. Chart prepared for 9 pm AEST / 10 pm AEST on Tuesday 8 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

9 March 2016 – Partial Solar Eclipse – Morning day sky

If you live in Northern Australia, then pencil 9 March 2016 into your diary as an opportunity to safely observe a partial solar eclipse. Download the below poster to assist you with your planning for safely observing the eclipse. The eclipse is not visible from Southern Australia (including Canberra).

To download the full size poster, see below.

To download the full size poster, see below.

Download the A3 poster: 9_March_2016_Partial_Solar_Eclipse_information_sheet

15 March 2016 – Jupiter and Regulus finder chart – Evening sky

Jupiter and Regulus (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Leo the Lion) finder chart. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on Wednesday 15 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Astronomical twilight has already started. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Jupiter and Regulus (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Leo the Lion) finder chart. Look above the North East horizon for a very bright star. That will be Jupiter. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on Tuesday 15 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Astronomical twilight has already started. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

15 March 2016 – Jupiter and Galilean Moons finder chart – Evening sky

Jupiter and its brightest moons (referred to as the Galilean Moons due to their discovery by Galileo Galilei around January 1610) finder chart. Look above the North East horizon for a very bright star. That will be Jupiter. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on Tuesday 15 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Astronomical twilight has already started. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Jupiter and its four Galilean Moons. They were discovered around January 1610 by Galileo Galilei. Jupiter has at least 67 moons plus a ring system. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on Tuesday 15 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Astronomical twilight has already started. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

15 March 2016 – Moon and constellations wide angle finder chart – Evening finder chart

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Moon  and constellations finder chart. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on 15 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

15 March 2016 – Moon chart without labels – Early evening sky

Moon chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on 15 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on 15 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

15 March 2016 – Moon chart with labels – Early evening sky

Moon chart with labels prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on 15 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon chart with labels prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on 15 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

15 March 2016 – Southern Cross finder chart – Early evening sky

Southern Cross finder chart. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on 15 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Southern Cross finder chart. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on 15 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

28 March 2016 – Moon, Mars, Saturn and Antares finder chart

Moon, Mars, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius the Scorpion) finder chart. Look above the North East horizon for a very bright star. That will be Jupiter. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST / 9 pm AEDT on Tuesday 15 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia).

Moon, Mars, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius the Scorpion) finder chart. Chart prepared for 9.45 pm AEST / 10.45 pm AEDT on Monday 28 March 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia).  Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

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