In the next two weeks the Moon will be in the early evening sky making it convenient to find Jupiter. The Moon will pass though the constellations Pisces, Aries, Taurus, and Gemini, Cancer, and Leo, and by the bright stars Aldebaran, Rigel, Betelgeuse, Sirius, Procyon, Pollux, Castor, Capella, Arcturus, Spica, Antares, and Regulus Note: This is based on information for Aurora, CO (Mountain Time), but is close enough for use in other locations unless noted.
The best time to observe the Moon is 30 to 60 minutes after sunset unless otherwise noted.
March 1-8: The waxing (gets bigger) crescent phases. The Moon starts off as a very thin crescent on the western horizon near the setting Sun. Over the next five days the crescent will thicken and the Moon will move easterly away from the setting Sun to the south. See if you can predict the phase and location change of the Moon from day to day.
On March 2-3 the Crescent Moon is in the constellation Pisces the fishes. On March 2 a very thin, hard to find, Crescent Moon will be just above the western horizon. Start looking 10 to 15 minutes after sunset (5:51pm MST). Binoculars will help but be sure not to use them until the Sun has completely set. You will do very serious damage to your eyes if the Sun enters your binoculars.
On March 4-5 the Crescent Moon is in constellation Aries the ram. There are no bright stars in Aries. Above the Moon almost overhead is the bright star Capella, the goat star, in the constellation Auriga, the charioteer.
On March 6-8 the Moon is in the constellation Taurus the bull. On March 7 the Moon will be next to the star Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus. A small cluster of stars called the Pleiades is right of the Moon. It’s worth a look with binoculars. If you own a Subaru the Pleiades is your car’s emblem. On March 8 the Moon is also at first quarter or a half moon. When the Moon is at first quarter it is approximately in same place in space as the Earth and you were 3.5 hours ago.
March 9-16: The waxing gibbous phases. The Moon is no longer a crescent when the Moon is at First Quarter. After First Quarter the moon phases start getting fuller until full. The Moon continues moving easterly away from the setting Sun until it is on the eastern horizon.
On March 9-10 the Moon is in the constellation Gemini , and in the center of all the brightest stars in the winter sky. On March 9 a bright Jupiter is above the Moon. Above Jupiter are Pollux (left) and Castor (right) the Gemini twins. Below the Moon is the bright star Betelgeuse (beetle juice) a red giant, Below Betelgeuse is Rigel a blue giant. Both Betelgeuse and Rigel are in the constellation of Orion. Between Betelgeuse and Rigel are the three stars of Orion’s belt, Mintaka (left), Alnilam (Center) and Alnitak (Right). On March 10 the Moon moves between Jupiter (above) and the star Procyon (below) in Canis Minor the little dog. Well below Jupiter is Sirius, the Dog Star, in Canis Major the large dog. Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky.
On March 11-12 the Moon is in the constellation of Cancer, the crab. There are no noticeably bright stars in Cancer.
On March 13-15 the Moon is in the constellation Leo the lion. On March 14 Regulus, the brightest star in Leo, is above the Moon.
On March 16 the Moon is in Virgo. The Moon is full. The Full Moon marks the transition of the Moon from the evening sky to the morning sky.
Wishing you clear skies