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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.
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.
Meet Regulus, brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion.
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.
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.
The Big Dipper is easy to recognize, but the Little Dipper … not so much. Here’s a tip that can help.
Here’s how to spot Polaris, aka the North Star. The 2 outer stars in the Big Dipper’s bowl point to it.
Jupiter and the moon will appear as nighttime’s two brightest lights. They’ll be close as seen from around the world.
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.
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?