The moonless nights of March 28 and 29 will be perfect for skywatching. Here you will find out what’s up in the sky this weekend and what celestial treats to enjoy with the naked eye.
The Moon, Venus, the Pleiades and Vesta
Start with Venus. The dazzling “evening star” is still shining brightly in the western sky during and after twilight. Our sister planet will continue to get even brighter until April 28. On Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, observers around the world can see a close approach of the moon and Venus in the evening sky. The same evenings, after dark, find the Pleiades, a bright open star cluster also known as the Seven Sisters and Messier 45, near Venus. The three objects – the moon, Venus and the Pleiades – will form a triangle in the night sky. One of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, Vesta, can be found near the triangle, too.
It’s almost impossible to miss the gleaming Venus in the sky, as it is the 3rd brightest celestial object after the Sun and the moon. You should also have no problems with the Pleiades. One of the closest star clusters to Earth, M45 can be seen to the naked eye under clear dark skies. Yet, for viewing Vesta, binoculars or telescopes are preferable.
Check out the Moon-Venus Conjunction. magnitude of Moon -8.96 and Venus at -4.52, both in the constellation Aries.
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