Conjunction of planets and moon, March 27 and 28 mornings

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Skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere can see the moon slide past the morning planets in conjunction. Venus, Mars and Saturn make a compact grouping, with the moon adding another dimension on March 27 and 28. Chart by John Jardine Goss.

Morning planets and the moon

In the early morning sky on March 27 and 28, you can catch a waning crescent moon pass a trio of planets. The planets are close together in what astronomers call a conjunction. Venus is the brightest planet, with Saturn below and Mars to the west. On March 27, the moon will be further out from Mars on the sky’s dome. The moon will be about the 25% lit, heading toward new phase. On March 28, the moon gets up close and personal with the planets, hovering right below them. Its phase will be even thinner, around 16% lit. The quartet makes for a beautiful photo op. If you get a great pic, send it to us!

Conjunction between the planets

The planets are in conjunction with the moon and each other over these late March mornings. Here’s where you can find them on March 28 and 29.

Mars is 4 degrees north of the moon at 3 UTC on March 28
Venus is 7 degrees north of the moon at 10 UTC on March 28.
Saturn is 4 degrees north of the moon at 12 UTC on March 28.
Venus is 2 degrees north of Saturn at 13 UTC on March 29.

The view from the Southern Hemisphere

The view is even better from the Southern Hemisphere, as the path of the ecliptic cuts at a steeper angle across the horizon. Not only will you see Venus, Mars and Saturn by the moon, you may even spot Jupiter before sunrise.

Venus, Mars and Saturn at top, Jupiter near horizon, moon at the right.
Morning sky on March 28 for skywatchers in the Southern Hemisphere. Chart by John Jardine Goss.

Bottom line: See the morning planets – Venus, Mars and Saturn – in conjunction, plus the moon joins the view on March 27 and 28. In the Southern Hemisphere, you might see Jupiter as well.

Read more about the planets in March 2022

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