March Guide to the Bright Planets


As March 2017 opens, the waxing crescent moon joins up with Venus, Mars (and Uranus) in the western sky after sunset. Mars remains a rather feeble evening object for the next few months, but March 2017 presents the grand finale of Venus, the sky’s brightest planet, as the evening “star.” Day by day, Venus sets sooner in the west after sunset. On the opposite side of the sky, Jupiter, the second-brightest planet, is rising sooner each evening.

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