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What's up? - MARCH 2024

Each month I highlight a few objects you can spot in the night sky without the need for optical equipment.

This month is THE month to spot Mercury!

And a last chance to see Jupiter for a while!



This month represents your best chance to spot this elusive planet this year! It is always low down in the horizon and will be visible after the 10th March just after sunset.

Look due west

It will only be around 8 degrees above the horizon so you'll need a good horizon view- but it's worth it!

Mercury will be close to the crescent Moon on the 11th which could help you locate the planet. It will be just below and to the right of the Moon.

Mercury low down in the west and to the right of the crescent Moon 11th March

Courtesy of Stellarium


Probably too difficult to spot this month


Probably too difficult to spot this month


The earlier in the month the better to spot Jupiter. You'll see Jupiter half way up in the western sky as darkness falls by about 7pm. By the end of the month the planet will have dropped into the murk low down.

Jupiter in the west mid month mid evening

Courtesy of Stellarium


Not viewable this month

The Moon and Pleiades

The Moon and Pleiades early evening around 8pm on the 13th and 14th March - West

Courtesy of Stellarium

Enjoy the night sky this month and let me know about your observations.

Thank you for reading this blog and do let me know if there is anything you would like me to add to my Newsletter each month.

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