BINOCULAR HIGHLIGHTS


From March 1 through 8 above the western horizon, there will be no glare from the Moon even though a thin crescent Moon is visible in this image. Mars will be the easiest target followed by the Andromeda Galaxy. Uranus will be the most challenging as it shines at magnitude 6 and looks a lot like the stars that surround it.
From March 27 until the end of the month, you'll have more moonless nights to see dimmer objects like the Orion Nebula and the Pleiades star cluster. The time will be different too because daylight savings time will be in effect. This view is about an hour after sunset at 8 PM MDT.
The Big Dog is prominent above the southern horizon with his "dog tag" Sirius shining brighter than any star other than our Sun.
Because of its size, the Coma Star Cluster is best viewed through binoculars. There are many members of this cluster that shine several dozen times brighter than our Sun. Thankfully, they're also several dozen light years away!