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Fastest sunsets near equinoxes

We’re talking about the amount of time needed for the body of the sun to sink below the horizon. It’s true. The sun actually sets faster around the time of an equinox.

Venus about to leave evening sky

And Mercury is climbing into it. By late March, Venus will have moved to the east before dawn as Mercury stages its best evening apparition of the year for northern observers.

Regulus: Heart of the Lion

Meet Regulus, brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion.

Westward shift of Orion and all the stars

The famous constellation Orion disappears into the sun’s glare every year at this time. It happens as Earth makes its grand tour each year, around the sun.

Where’s the moon? Waning gibbous

Watch for the moon late at night now, or before dawn. Last quarter moon will come on March 20, the same date as the equinox.

Use Big Dipper to find Little Dipper

The Big Dipper is easy to recognize, but the Little Dipper … not so much. Here’s a tip that can help.

Use Big Dipper to find North Star

Here’s how to spot Polaris, aka the North Star. The 2 outer stars in the Big Dipper’s bowl point to it.

Moon and Jupiter March 13 and 14

Jupiter and the moon will appear as nighttime’s two brightest lights. They’ll be close as seen from around the world.

Full-looking moon edges toward Jupiter

On March 12, 2017, look east as darkness falls to see a brilliant, full-looking moon. Bright Jupiter will rise shortly after the moon, by early to mid-evening.

What’s special about a full moon?

Why does a full moon tug our heartstrings? And why does the moon on this night look full, in contrast to other other nights and other phases of the moon?