The first quarter Moon makes a close approach to Mars in the north western sky just after sunset! For those with telescopes or high powered binoculars, the Shoe-Buckle cluster (NGC 2168) can be seen above Mars, and the January Salt-and-Pepper Cluster (NGC 2099) can be seen below the Moon.

Use the Quasar Publishing image above as a guide. To find out more about what to see in the night sky, grab a copy of their latest Astronomy Australia almanac at Quasar Publishing.

When to look: 7pm to 9:30pm, 28th of March

Which direction to look: In the western sky.

Something Interesting:

Mars is the only place in the Solar System that is inhabited completely by robots! As of December 2022, there are 5 active spacecraft on the surface of Mars performing science daily!

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You need a good dark night sky for the best view! Choose an Astrotourism Town destination. Happy stargazing!