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Moon closest to Jupiter on March 2

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Tonight – March 2, 2015 – look for the brilliant waxing gibbous moon to pair up with the dazzling planet Jupiter as soon as darkness falls. As the Earth spins eastward beneath the starry heavens tonight, it’ll cause the moon and Jupiter to travel upward and westward, until the brilliant twosome reaches its high point in the sky at late evening. They’ll continue to move westward, to set in the west just before dawn.

Moonlit night of plum blossoms, and other great moon and Jupiter photos

The little white dot near the moon here is Jupiter.  Photo by Masaaki Shibuya.

Moon and Jupiter on March 2, 2015. Photo by Masaaki Shibuya.

Beautiful photos of the March 2, 2015 moon and Jupiter. Our thanks to all of you who are posting at EarthSky Facebook and G+, and submitting directly to EarthSky.org. We’ll post more as we receive them!

Missed the spacewalks? Here’s video, photos

Two NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) performed the last of Expedition 42’s scheduled spacewalks on Sunday – the third spacewalk in eight days.

See Earth in Mars’ night sky

View full size. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU

What would Earth look like in Mars’ night sky? It would be somewhat similar to Venus in our sky, not as bright but still a bright morning or evening “star.” As seen from Mars, Earth would be an inner planet. It would always appear near the sun in the sky, either in the west after sunset or in the east before dawn. At those times when Earth passed between the sun and Mars, as it did last April, 2014, Earth would show phases like a tiny crescent moon.

Touching NASA tributes to Leonard Nimoy’s passing

What better tribute?  Terry Virts in the International Space Station gives the vulcan salute.

What better tribute? Terry Virts in the International Space Station gives the vulcan salute.

American astronaut Terry Virts (@AstroTerry) – orbiting 250 miles (400 km) above Earth on the International Space Station – paid this fitting tribute via Twitter to actor Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the age of 83. Nimoy will forever be known as Mr. Spock from the original Star Trek series and many of the subsequent movies. The late actor’s home state of Massachusetts can be seen just to the right of Virts’ Vulcan salute. Click inside for more tributes.

What’s the birthstone for March?

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Happy birthday to all you March babies! March has two birthstones – aquamarine and bloodstone.

Moon nears Jupiter on March 1

At the same time each evening, note the moon's change of position relative to the backdrop stars. The green line depicts the ecliptic -  pathway of the moon and planets.

At the same time each evening, note the moon’s change of position relative to the backdrop stars. The green line depicts the ecliptic – pathway of the moon and planets.

The bright waxing gibbous moon passes through a “stellar pathway” in late February/early March 2015, and will do so again toward the end of March 2015. Each month, as the moon journeys through the constellations of the Zodiac, it always swings to the south of the Gemini stars Castor and Pollux, and to the north of the star Procyon, the brightest in the constellation of Canis Minor the Lesser Dog.

What is the Zodiac?

March 2015 guide to the five visible planets

Skywatcher, by Predrag Agatonovic.

Skywatcher, by Predrag Agatonovic.

Three of the five visible planets are in good view in March 2015. Venus and Jupiter shine first thing at nightfall. Jupiter will be near the moon in early March, closest around March 2. Meanwhile, Saturn adorns the late night and predawn sky.

Slushy wave off coast of Nantucket

View larger. | Slushy waves on a Nantucket beach, February 20, 2015.  Photo by Jonathan Nimerfrosh.

Slushy waves on a Nantucket beach, February 20, 2015. Photo by Jonathan Nimerfroh.

As you well know if you live there, the eastern United States has been in a deep freeze throughout February, 2015. Wave after wave of ice and snowstorms have hit the region. Now, from a photographer and surfer in Nantucket, Jonathan Nimerfroh, we have this amazing photo from February 20, 2015 of an ocean wave, just before it freezes solid. He calls it a slurpee wave.

Meteor shower at 40,000 feet

View larger. | Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower @ 40,000 ft by Colin Legg Photography

Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower @ 40,000 ft by Colin Legg Photography

Leave it to Colin Legg – one of the most amazing sky photographers we know – to catch a meteor shower from the window seat of an airplane. Colin wrote to EarthSky:

Valentines day (night), red eye flight back to Perth.

Amazingly, the Alpha Centaurid meteor shower was active!