Conjunctions are when objects appear close together in the sky. On Feb. 28 and March 1, we will have a conjunction between a crescent moon, Venus and Mars. Look west-southwest and a third of the way up the sky from the horizon after sunset. Venus will be very bright and the red Mars will be above the moon on Feb. 28 and much fainter than Venus. On March 1, the moon will have moved up to the altitude of Mars and to Mars’ left. Conjunctions are common, not a bad omen, and result from the way that the planets and moon move in our skies. They orbit in roughly the same plane, so at times they appear in the same part of the sky.

To see the moon and these planets, visit the Insperity Observatory on public night, the first Friday of each month from sunset to 10 p.m. or check it out at humbleisd.net/observatory.

By Dr. Aaron B. Clevenson
Observatory Director, Insperity Observatory

 

Aaron Clevenson
Author: Aaron ClevensonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am the observatory director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD. I am also an adjunct astronomy professor at Lone Star College-Montgomery where I teach solar system astronomy and stars and galaxies astronomy. I am the author of the astronomy textbook, “Astronomy for Mere Mortals.” I am a past president of the North Houston Astronomy Club, and was the chair of Astronomy Day in Southeast Texas in 2015 and 2016. He is an observing program director with The Astronomical League, coordinates their Master Observer Progression Awards, and has authored six of their observing programs.

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