Monday, March 7, 2016

Tonight's Sky for March 8: Jupiter Reaches Opposition, New Moon

Tonight, the planet Jupiter, 5th from the Sun, will be at opposition. What does that mean? In short, if viewed from above, the Sun, Earth, and Jupiter would be in a straight line in that order, with Jupiter exactly opposite the Sun in the sky as seen from Earth. End result: Jupiter rises as the Sun sets and Jupiter sets as the Sun rises, meaning that Jupiter is up all night.

In addition, the Moon is at new phase today, too. 

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