You might remember last month we discussed that
M82 and M81 passed very close to each other 300 million years
ago. The gravitational interaction is believed to have started
M82’s rapid star formation. M81 is 12 million light years away.
M81 and M82 as seen from Waves, NC! You can view both objects through binoculars!
Other things you can look for March 2018.
Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn will follow each other
across the night skies starting around 11:35 p.m. on the night of March
1. Mars will follow Jupiter about an hour later, and Saturn will be the
last to appear at 2:58 a.m.
Venus and Mercury both start the month visible near the Western horizon right after sunset.
Uranus is visible throughout March if you have very good binoculars or a telescope.
If you’re a big fan of the Messier Catalog, the
annual Messier Marathon takes place in March. The Messier
Marathon consists of trying to view all 110 Deep Space Object’s (DSO)
in the Catalog in one evening! That gives you about 6 minutes to
find and view each DSO. I don’t do Messier Marathon’s, but if it
sounds like your thing, please let us know how you do!
1st Full Moon is March 1
Last Quarter is March 9
New Moon is March 17
1st Quarter is March 24
2nd Full Moon (Blue Moon) is March 31
Lebing is a retired computer scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey
in Washington, D.C. He has visited Hatteras Island since the
mid-1970s. He and his wife, Karen, have owned property here for several
years and moved to their home in Waves full-time in 2013.
Astronomy is a subject that Gerry says he has always been interested in
and one that he pursues seriously -- he's built an small observatory
next to his house. You can send him questions about the night sky
through e-mail, [email protected]g.)