Star parties resume this month

Star Gazing

Star parties resume this monthBy ROGER?BROWER

The China Lake Astronomical Society will meet Monday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. Calendars for 2018 and handbooks will be available.

The society will also resume its star parties beginning March 16. Signs will be out at 7:30 p.m., with viewing at 8 p.m.

CELESTIAL CALENDAR:

1. Jupiter rises in the southeast at about midnight on March 1 and at about 11 p.m. on March 31.

2. Venus rises in the evening sky this month and will be visible in the west after sunset.

3. Saturn is in the morning sky where it rises in the southeast about 3 a.m. at the start of the month and about 1 a.m. at the end of the month.

4. Mercury, like Venus, moves to the evening sky this month. At the first part of the month Mercury rises near Venus, but rises then falls out of sight by March 20.

5. Mars also rises in the southeast about 2 a.m. at the start of the month and moves toward Saturn where they will have a close encounter at the end of the month. Look for them in the south before sunrise.

6. The first two weeks of the month, look for the Zodiacal light in the west after sunset. It is a cone-shaped area of light rising above the western horizon.

For more information, visit www.chinalakeastrosoc.org or call the China Lake Astronomical Society at 760-446-0454 or 760-677-1143.

Story First Published: 2018-03-02