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Volume 22 -- Issue 3
Planet Watch -- March 2016
Mercury is visible for the first half of the month at sunrise but it's rising angle makes this more easily observable from southern latitudes.
Mercury moves into superior conjunction during the middle of the month and then will not be visible until reappearing in the evening sky next month.
Venus continues shining brightly over the eastern horizon before the Sun rises, but it is noticeably lower as the days pass by. Venus
seadily moves eastward toward superior conjunction later this year.
Mars rises around midnight local time and is visible the rest of the night hours.
Jupiter is at opposition on the 8th and so it rises at around sunset local time and is visible all night.
Saturn rises around midnight local time and it is visible the rest of the night hours. Saturn also begins its retrograde motion this month,
and will be in retrograde until mid-August.