Stargazers, get your binoculars ready: a string of bright planets, called a “Planet Parade,” will grace the night’s sky this week, and the show is expected to last several days.
It’s just the start of what will be a breathtaking month. A “worm moon” rose on March 1, and another full moon, known as a “blue moon,” will pop up on March 31. But this may be the most stunning show yet.
A rare parade of planets, including Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Mercury and Venus along with the bright star Antares, will light the sky starting March 7, though they won’t all be visible at the same time.
Here’s what you need to know about March’s full moons – the “worm moon” and the “blue moon” – and the parade of planets that will put on a spectacular show during the first week of March.
What’s a “Planet Parade”?
A “Planet Parade” is a celestial event that occurs when a group of planets are visible to the naked eye.
The moon will shift a reported 12 degrees each night, giving skywatchers a clear view of a string of planets.
“The Moon will shift along this line of stars and planets, appearing … near Jupiter on March 7, between Mars and Jupiter, and above the bright star Antares on March 8, near Mars on March 9, between Mars and Saturn on March 10, and near Saturn on March 11,” NASA explained.
When can I see it?
Stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to catch the five planets either during “post-sunset or predawn hours,” according to The Weather Channel.
“The best chance for viewing Wednesday morning will be in parts of the south and Rockies,” The Weather Channel says, adding that several weather systems, including an incoming nor’easter, may block the view. “The South and parts of the West will be the best spots for viewing Thursday morning.”
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SOURCE: Fox News, Jennifer Earl