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Night Sky Guide – March 2023

Welcome to our monthly guide to the night sky! We are posting a monthly list of astronomical activities to keep an eye out for in the night sky. 

Wednesday 1st March  – Venus and Jupiter, two of the brightest planets will be very close together in the night sky.

Tuesday 7th March  – Full moon at 12:40 pm

The moon, or supermoon, is seen as it sets over Washington on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth. Early Monday morning, the moon was the closest it has been to Earth since 1948 and it appeared 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger than the average monthly full moon. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Tuesday 21st March  – New moon at 5.23 pm 

Thursday 23rd March – Venus, crescent Moon and Jupiter aligned in the evening.

Friday 24th March – Crescent moon and Venus still visible together.

Tuesday 28th March – Moon lies next to Mars, the red planet, in the night sky.

Mars, the red planet.

Written by the Public Engagement Officer at DIAS Dunsink Observatory, Sadhbh Leahy.