Thursday, March 5, 1:05 p.m. EST
Full MoonThe Full Moon of March is known as the “Worm Moon,” “Crow Moon,” “Sap Moon,” or “Lenten Moon.” It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise; this is the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the Moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky. This is the smallest Full Moon of 2015.
Friday, March 13, 1:48 p.m. EDT
Last Quarter MoonThe Last Quarter Moon rises around 2 a.m. and sets around noon. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.
Friday, March 20, 5:36 a.m. EDT
New MoonThe Moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the Sun, but can be seen low in the East as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the West an evening or two after New Moon.
Friday, March 27, 3:43 a.m. EDT
First Quarter MoonThe First Quarter Moon rises around 11:30 a.m. and sets around 2:30 a.m. It dominates the evening sky.
Sunday, March 8–Sunday, March 22, after evening twilight
Zodiacal LightLook to the south of west, just above Venus and Mars, for the faint zodiacal light, reflected from interplanetary matter along the ecliptic (marked by green line). Don’t confuse it with the brighter Milky Way to the northwest.
Friday, March 20
Total Solar EclipseThe path of this eclipse sweeps across the North Atlantic Ocean, missing all inhabited land except for the Faroe Islands, northwest of Scotland, and the Svalberg Islands north of Norway. These images show the appearance of the eclipse from Tórshavn in the Faroes
Friday, March 20, 6:45 p.m. EDT
EquinoxThe Sun crosses the celestial equator heading north, marking the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere and Autumn in the southern hemisphere.
Saturday, March 21, 7 a.m. EDT
Uranus and the MoonThe Moon will occult Uranus as seen from easternmost Brazil, central Africa, the Middle East, and western Asia.
Saturday, March 21, 6 p.m. EDT
Mars and the MoonThe Moon will occult Mars as seen from southwestern South America, seen here from Punta Arenas, Chile.
Sunday, March 22, after sunset
Venus and the MoonThe Moon and Venus will make a pretty pair in the western twilight sky.
Tuesday, March 24, 10 p.m. EDT
Aldebaran and the MoonThe First Quarter Moon passes close to the red giant star Aldebaran and the Hyades star cluster. The bright Pleiades star cluster is off to the right. The Moon will pass in front of Aldebaran for observers in northern latitudes: Kazakhstan, Russia, northeastern Scandinavia, extreme northeastern China, northern Greenland, northwestern Canada, and Alaska.
PlanetsMercury is a “morning star,” most favourably placed for observers in the Southern Hemisphere.
Venus is an “evening star” in the southwestern sky just after sunset.
Mars spends most of the month in Pisces, but makes a brief excursion into Cetus on February 1st and 2nd.
Jupiter just past opposition will be shining brightly most of the night. It is in Cancer all month.
Saturn is just north of Scorpius’ “claws,” rising near midnight. It begins retrograde motion on the 14th.
Uranus vanishes into evening twilight at mid-month.
Neptune is still too close to the Sun to be observed.
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