If you have heard of the Ides of March, you know you’re supposed to beware them. Why? In ancient Rome, the ides of March were equivalent to our March 15th. You probably know of the Ides of March thanks to William Shakespeare. In his play Julius Caesar, a soothsayer – or fortune teller – says to Caesar: Beware the Ides of March.
The first two celestial objects to light up the evening sky after sunset on March 10 are the waxing gibbous moon and the glorious planet Jupiter. These shining beauties beam in front of the constellation Gemini the Twins. Despite the moonlit glare, you may also see Gemini’s two brightest stars, Castor and Pollux.
Do you have a telescope? If so, try to view Jupiter’s four major moons.
In skylore, the star Alphard (Alpha Hydrae) represents the orange Heart of the Water Snake in the constellation Hydra. For this reason, it is sometimes called Cor Hydrae or Hydra’s Heart. Like so many skywatchers before you, you will grow to love seeing Alphard ascending in the southeast in the early evening in spring. Alphard is located in the front part of the Water Snake, and it’s up when darkness falls by the time of the March equinox.
Millions of people have been watching the live web view of the baby eaglet – named B3 – that hatched February 22, and his two parents, thanks to the bald eagle nest cam from Georgia’s Berry College.
The best time to see Mars in two years is here. Check out these great telescopic images of the planet and its moons, taken last week.
Look for the moon as soon as darkness falls on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Jupiter is still the brightest planet nearby and will continue to be for several more nights. On Sunday night, the moon and Jupiter are separated by about 7 degrees on the sky’s dome, as seen from North America (a closed fist at arm’s length covers 10 degrees of sky). These two beautiful luminaries will be out until late Sunday night, when both will set in the west.
The good folks at the Virtual Telescope Project and at Slooh both will broadcast another asteroid flyby on Sunday night, March 9, 2014.
If you watch this three-minute long trailer for the new Cosmos without wanting to tune in to the whole series … you are made of sterner stuff than me.
As seen from around the world on the night of March 8, 2014, the moon passes right in front of the big loop of stars known to those in the Northern Hemisphere as the Winter Circle or the Winter Hexagon. The Winter Circle stars share the spotlight with an object second only in brightness to the moon: the planet Jupiter.
After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed Planet X, NASA announced today.