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Deborah Byrd

A tangle of stars in Berenices’ Hair

Berenices’ Hair – aka Coma Berenices – requires a dark sky to be seen. But it’s worth the effort, a wonderful star cluster!

March guide to the bright planets

The moon has now swept past Mars, Jupiter and Saturn before dawn. After mid-month, watch for the moon to pass the 2 innermost planets – Venus and Mercury – now both in the west after sunset.

Best photos of moon’s sweep past morning planets

The waning moon has now swept past all 3 bright planets in the predawn sky. Photos here from the EarthSky community.

Use Big Dipper to locate Hunting Dogs

The ancient stargazers saw the Hunting Dogs – aka Canes Venatici – as nipping at the heels of Ursa Major, the Great Bear.

The science of fake news gets a boost

Scientists call for studies of fake news. Plus a word about so-called “chemtrails.”

Low rainbow near Joshua Tree

The height of a rainbow depends on the height of the sun. The higher the sun, the lower the rainbow.

Scientists expect 1st direct black hole image soon

This was the most popular post at EarthSky this week, and no wonder. It’s exciting! We’re holding our breaths for the 1st-ever direct image of a black hole’s event horizon, expected to be released in 2018.

Best photos of Venus and Mercury after sunset

Venus and Mercury were closer earlier this month, but they’re easier to see now. Don’t miss these 2 innermost worlds in our solar system, in the west after sunset.

Update on S2, the star plunging past the Milky Way’s black hole

Astronomers report no companion found for S2, the star orbiting near our Milky Way’s central black hole. It’s an “all-clear” for an exciting test of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.

Last quarter moon on March 9

It’s also very near Mars, and 2 other planets. When to watch for it, what to look for.