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When you head outdoors tonight, take Sky & Telescope's podcast with you for a guided tour to the night sky. Learn what constellations are visible, find out where and when you'll see the planets, and catch each month's celestial highlights, from meteor showers to eclipses.
  1. Immediately after dark, before moonrise for most of North America, Sirius shines brilliantly in the south-southwest.

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  2. Springtime is galaxy time. Only 30 million light years away, the Leo I Group and nearby Leo Triplet entice the eye with an assortment of bright spiral and elliptical galaxies. Welcome to spring! The new season begins (or began depending on when you read this) at 5:58 p.m. EDT on March 20th. That's also the night of the full moon, a perfect time NOT observe today's featured galaxies. But the […]

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  3. Immediately after dark, before moonrise for most of North America, Sirius shines brilliantly in the south-southwest.

    The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, March 15 – 23 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  4. As winter melts into spring, we sample both familiar and overlooked deep-sky treasures in the "empty space" between Gemini and Leo, home of the Crab.

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  5. Mars (magnitude +1.2, in Aries) glows high in the west at nightfall and sets by 11 p.m. In a telescope it's a tiny blob 5 arcseconds wide.

    The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, March 8 – 16 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.