Moon Close to Mars on March 1

moonTonight – March 1, 2017 – look in your western sky for the waxing crescent moon and the dazzling planet Venus some 20 minutes (or less) after sunset. These two luminaries will pop out almost immediately after sunset because the moon and Venus rank as the brightest and second-brightest celestial bodies of nighttime, respectively. Then as dusk turns into night, seek out another bright planet, even closer to tonight’s moon than Venus. That second planet is Mars. A third planet, Uranus – a world barely within the limit for viewing with the eye alone – is very nearby.

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A full moon, an eclipse and a comet — all in one night

By Nicole Mortillaro, CBC News Posted: Feb 10, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 10, 2017 9:20 AM ET

This weekend offers a good reminder that there’s a lot going on in space

Friday is a night full of fun astronomical treats.

First, there’s February’s full moon, called the Snow Moon — named for the typically cold and snowy weather this time of year.

All full moons are given nicknames, such as January’s Wolf Moon, the Strawberry Moon in May, and, of course, the Harvest Moon — the one nearest the autumnal equinox in either September or October.

The Snow Moon will rise around 5:35 p.m in Toronto and at 5:26 p.m. in Vancouver.

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Canada Q&A: Can you light a match on the moon? A quick study of the science of fire

The Globe and Mail’s science reporter, Ivan Semeniuk, explains how fire works in space. This video is a part of a series called, Canada Q&A: Globe journalists answer your questions – from wine to politics to sports and everything in between