March 31, 2019 — Bright Galaxies for Dark Nights, Evening Mars, and Five Pre-Dawn Planets!

(Above: Markarian’s Chain of Galaxies, imaged here by Steve McKinney of Toronto, lies in the northeastern sky between the stars Denebola and Vindiamatrix. This image covers more than two degrees of the sky, or four full moon diameters. The galaxies are a mixture of formless ellipticals and spirals — some seen edge-on to Earth.)
(Close approach of the Moon and Venus.)
(Mars near the tight cluster of blue stars known as the Pleiades.)
(The Whirlpool Galaxy and its smaller companion are beautiful and relatively easy targets. This image by Ian Wheelband was captured near Collingwood, Ontario in 2016.)
(Above: Bode’s Nebula, also known as the galaxies designated Messier 81 (at left) and Messier 82 (at right), were captured by Armand Pede of Toronto in this image. The two galaxies are about one full moon diameter apart in the sky.)

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