March

For terms in boldface, see Astronomical Terms.
DayPhenomenonHour
1Mercury is 4° north of the Moon.0200
1Uranus is in conjunction with the Sun.1100
2Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as it moves from its greatest elongation east of the Sun back toward a position west of the Sun as viewed from Earth.0700
5Jupiter appears to be motionless in the sky as it goes from direct motion to retrograde motion.0000
6Mars is 3° south of the Moon.0700
6FIRST QUARTER2000
10Saturn is 4° south of the Moon.1800
11Mars is 7° north of Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus.0000
12Mercury is in inferior conjunction.0300
13Moon is at apogee.0200
15FULL MOON. Penumbral eclipse of the Moon.0000
17Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, is 0° 3' south of the Moon. Occultation of Spica by the Moon.1100
19Jupiter is 5° north of the Moon.1400
20Equinox1800
21Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius, is 0° 3' north of the Moon. Occultation of Antares by the Moon.0300
22LAST QUARTER1900
24Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as it moves toward its greatest elongation west of the Sun from a position east of the Sun as viewed from Earth.1200
25Venus is at its greatest elongation, at 47° west of the Sun.0700
25Ceres, the largest asteroid, is 0° 8' south of the Moon. Occultation of Ceres by the Moon.1200
25Venus is 6° north of the Moon.2300
26Neptune is 4° north of the Moon.0100
26Venus is 1° 9' north of Neptune.2100
27Uranus is 1° 4' north of the Moon. Occultation of Uranus by the Moon.1500
27Mercury is 2° north of the Moon.1700
28Moon is at perigee.0700
29NEW MOON. Total eclipse of the Sun.1000
29Pluto appears to be motionless in the sky as it goes from direct motion to retrograde motion.1500

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