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Volume 21 -- Issue 3
Planet Watch -- March 2015

Mercury is visible over the eastern horizon for most of the month as it moves eastward toward the Sun and superior conjunction next month. Mercury is not that high above the horizon for northern hemisphere viewers but is nicely placed for observers south of the equator.
Venus is very visible shining brightly above the western horizon at sunset. Watch for a close conjunction between Venus and Uranus on the 4th.
Mars stays visible in the evening skies but is low above the southwestern horizon at sunset.
Jupiter rises before sunset local time and is a few degrees west of the star Regulus in Leo as the two track across the sky. Jupiter is in retrograde motion and is within a few degrees from the open star cluster known as the Beehive Cluster, or M-44.
Saturn rises around midnight local time and is above the reddish star Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion. Look for the two to be above the south-southwestern horizon at sunrise.