March skies to delight with Mercury at its best, last blue moon until 2020

(Photo shows first full moon of March at Maryland Farms in Tennessee. Credit: Anthony Jordan)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - March skies will delight skywatchers as they get a chance to see Mercury at its best and the last blue moon until 2020.

On Saturday, Mercury will be pretty close to Venus around sunset. Venus, which is much brighter, will act as a "guide" to Mercury. To watch, folks will want to follow the sun, but not look at it. The best chance to get a glimpse will be just after sunset on the western horizon.

March will also bring the last blue moon until 2020. The second full moon of the month, referred to as the "blue moon" will come on the 31st. The first full moon of the month came March 2.

You might remember the celestial delight in January when the super blue blood moon made headlines across the nation. It was the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse. And while Nashville only saw a partial eclipse, this rare moon still dazzled the skies.

There were no full moons in February, making it the first time that's happened since 1999.

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