Sunday, March 15, 2015

Tonight's Sky for March 15: Venus and Mars Now Separated by 10 Degrees

Tonight, Venus and Mars, which were once within an angular degree (hold your little finger at arm's length to simulate) of each other just a few weeks ago, are now separated by about 10 degrees (hold your fist at arm's length to simulate) in the Western sky just after sunset. The good news is that this is an easy sight to spot thanks to the fact that Mars and Venus (especially Venus!) are the two brightest objects in that area of sky at the time. For the record, the planets will continue to be visible for weeks to come, albeit growing in apparent separation.

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