The Nighttime Sky for March - April, 2020:

The Planets:
Venus is that brilliant beacon in the western evening sky. All the other visible planets are in the morning skies with dim ruddy red Mars rising around 3 am and slowly getting brighter. This is followed by much brighter Jupiter which rises about the same time as Mars. The two will be paired together during the middle and end of March with March 18-19 the best mornings to view them next to each other. Saturn is not too far behind further to the east rising around 4 am and is a dim yellow in color.

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Venus

Mars

Jupiter

Saturn
All Pictures Taken in My Heavenly Backyard with my Telescopes


The Heavens
Springtime is sometimes known as "Galaxy Season" as there are many of them visible through small telescopes. Some of the more outstanding ones are M81 and M82 (Bode's Galaxy and the Cigar Galaxy), M51 (The Whirlpool Galaxy), the "Trio in Leo", the great Northern Pinwheel Galaxy (M101), and M63, the Sunflower Galaxy. Along with the galaxies, there are still plenty of nebulae to view including the Orion, Horsehead, and Rosette nebulae. These are all high in the southern sky at sunset. Coming into view are the Ring, Trifid, Lagoon, Omega and Eagle . Several globular clusters are in view including the beautiful Messier 3 and Messier 53 rising in the ENE shortly after sunset. There are so many objects awaiting for us to view in a sky near you. (All the pictures were taken in my 'Heavenly Backyard'.)

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Messier 3

Trifid Nebula

Whilpool Galaxy

Ring Nebula

Sunflower Galaxy

Cigar Galaxy

Bode's Galaxy

Trio in Leo
All Pictures Taken in My Heavenly Backyard with my Telescopes


Want to see more? ... Go to my Heavely Backyard Astronomy page: I will continue to add more images of the nighttime sky from my backyard and post on my astronomy page, My home page of Savannahpat.name and my Weather and Nature Facebook page along with any videos on my My You Tube Page ... All these pictures taken in my 'Heavenly' backyard.