Astrophotography in March 2023: what to shoot in the night sky this month

Night landscape with colorful Milky Way over the desert of Joshua Tree national park in California, USA.
(Image credit: Getty Images)

March 2023 is a great time to photograph the solar system, but don't waste any time. As the month begins the two brightest planets in the night sky – Venus and Jupiter – will appear to pass so close to each other that it will be possible to capture them both with a long lens. What's more, it's a post-sunset event that begins relatively high in the sky at dusk before sinking lower in the southwestern sky, as seen from the northern hemisphere. That makes it perfect for framing beside trees, mountains or buildings when they’re close to the horizon.

March is also the last month until September when the nights are longer than the days and when the northern lights can be at their most intense. Add some beautiful views of a crescent moon and the rise of a full ‘Worm Moon’ and March 2023 has much to offer sky-photographers.

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.