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Gaze Up and Spot Several Planets in the Sky This March!


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Moscow, March 12 – A rather rare celestial phenomenon – the presence of several planets visible to the naked eye at once – can be observed in March, Faina Rublev, scientific director of the Moscow Planetarium, told the News Agency on World Planetarium Day.
International Planet Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in March. In 2023, it falls on March 12th.
“Venus will light up over the western horizon in the evening. It can be seen in clear weather, including how the Moon and Venus will pass next to each other on March 24. Also in the evening and at night in the constellations Taurus and Gemini, Mars will be visible at a sufficient height above the horizon , But it is not very bright compared to Venus. Not every month you can see several planets at once, “Rublev said.
She added that in the evening, Jupiter will be visible on the western horizon, but it will be visible for a short time. Uranus and Neptune will also be above the horizon, but they cannot be seen without a telescope.

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At the same time, the Scientific Director of the Planetarium specified that a particularly interesting phenomenon – the approach of Venus, the Moon and Jupiter, when several luminous balls can be observed in the sky – had already passed in early March.
Another important astronomical event, which I named the day of the vernal equinox on March 21, is when the sun crosses the line of the celestial equator and moves from the southern hemisphere to the northern one. At this moment, an astronomical spring will come on the half of the planet in which Russia is located.
A little later, already in April, a hybrid solar eclipse will occur, which will combine the phases of an annular eclipse and a total eclipse. Unfortunately, the Russians will not see it, said the scientific director of the planetarium, and the eclipse can be observed from Australia and Indonesia.
On May 5, a faint semi-lunar eclipse will occur, which will be partially observed from the territory of the Russian Federation. In addition, the Lyrid meteor shower is expected to be active in April.

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