Bright Light (‘Star’) Over New England In March 2015: Jupiter … But Venus, Mars & Uranus Too.

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by Anura Guruge

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The light that is most conspicuous (as ever, given its size) is Jupiter. It, by the time it gets dark these days, is quite high in the sky too — well above our tree line. That is the light that most of you must be seeing, especially when you are getting home in the evening.

Jupiter, like most things in the night sky, will move from East to West during the course of the night. That having to do with Earth’s rotation.

The Venus, Mars & Uranus ‘cluster’ — and note how they are in a ‘straight line’ so to speak, this being the ECLIPTIC — is to the West and Uranus is not going to be that easy to spot. But, as I keep on saying Mars is ALWAYS orange. If you see a ‘bright’ orange blob — it is either Mars (or Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion). This cluster, already in the West at night fall, quickly falls below the Western horizon as the night progresses. 

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