SKYLINE for March 2014
Compiled by the Noble Planetarium Staff
Upcoming Sky Events
This month on March 21st marks the beginning of Spring, though you wouldn’t think it to look outside lately with the cold weather. Our local astronomy club is gearing up for their Messier Marathon. This Scavenger hunt through the sky will jump from nebulas, to star clusters, and galaxies galore.
So wish our astronomers well as they prepare for what is bound to be one of the longest nights of 2014 for them.
Our next Star Party is:
Date: March 8, 2014
Time: Sunset till 11 p.m.
Location: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History South Parking Lot.
February 18, 2014
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
What's happening in the Planetarium?
Public Planetarium presentations are now included in each Museum Exhibits Admission Fee. The Planetarium is open daily.
Two Small Pieces of Glass
Follow two students as they learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space.
IBEX stands for the Interstellar Boundary Explorer. This mission has helped us to better understand where our solar system ends, and where the rest of the Milky Way galaxy begins.
Venus & Mercury – Will rise early in the morning sky. Over the length of this month Venus and Mercury will shift across the constellations of Capricorn and Aquarius. By the end of month Mercury will have completely disappeared from view, and Venus will be fading from view as well.
Mars – Rises late in the constellation of Virgo, not far from Saturn in the constellation of Libra. The Moon and Mars will sit side by side on March 18th and 19th.
Jupiter – Rises in the constellation of Gemini in the early evening. In fact, Jupiter will be hanging out by Gemini until we lose sight of it in mid June. Jupiter and the Moon will sit side by side on March 9th and 10th.
Saturn – Will rise in the constellation of Libra not long after Mars in the morning sky.
New Moon: March 1
First Quarter: March 8
Full Moon: March 8
Last Quarter: March 23
New Moon: March 30
Star Parties for 2014
Sunset till 11 p.m. in the Museum's South Parking lot except in October.
March 8 | April 5 | May 10 | June 7 | July 5 | August 2 | September 6 | October 4, Stars over Euless | November 1
If you would like a fun way to navigate the night sky just go to: http://www.lhs.berkeley.edu/starclock/skywheel.html Uncle Al provides free and easy to use star wheels that you can download and print at home.
For more information about the night sky, contact the Noble Planetarium at 817-255-9409 or email@example.com