The Visible Planets
Mercury is not visible this month from our latitude.
Venus is found shining brilliantly in the southeastern sky before sunrise this month. Before sunrise on the mornings of March 27 and 28, look for the slim waning crescent Moon below Venus.
Mars is found just below the bright planet Venus, low in the southeastern sky before sunrise. It begins the month in the constellation of Sagittarius, the archer, but moves into the adjacent constellation of Capricornus, the sea goat, on March 6 and stays in that constellation for the rest of the month. Look for a nice grouping of Mars with the bright planet Venus and the fainter Saturn by the end of the month.
Jupiter is not visible at the beginning of the month as it is at conjunction with the Sun on March 5. By the end of the month however, Jupiter tries to emerge out of the dawn’s glow along the eastern horizon before sunrise.
Saturn begins to appear low above the southeastern horizon before sunrise during the middle of the month and is found within the constellation of Capricornus, the sea goat. From March 14 onward, watch how Saturn moves higher in the sky and then joins Venus and Mars for a nice conjunction of planets by the end of the month. The very slim waning crescent Moon can be seen near and below Saturn before sunrise on March 28.
March 2 New Moon
March 10 First Quarter Moon
March 18 Full Moon (Worm Moon)
March 24 Last Quarter Moon
International Space Station (ISS) Observable Passes
Look for passes of the International Space Station before sunrise, from March 1 to March 11 in the predawn morning sky. From March 18 onwards the visible ISS passes will take place in the evening hours. Exact times of these passages for your location can be found by visiting the website http://www.heavens-above.com or by using satellite tracking smart phone apps like Sputnik.
TBA In March, the SLS Rocket and Orion spacecraft will launch toward the Moon as a uncrewed test. Date has not been determined at the time of this writing.
March 5 Jupiter is in conjunction with the Sun
March 13 Daylight Savings Time begins! Add 1 hour of time to your clocks (spring ahead)!
March 14 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Edmonton Centre meeting
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. (virtual Zoom club meeting)
See https://edmontonrasc.com/ for more details.
March 20 Spring equinox occurs at exactly 9:33 a.m. MDT.
March 28 to April 1 School spring break
March 26 Earth Hour (8:30 – 9:30 pm local time)
March 25-31 Nice conjunction of the planets Venus, Mars and Saturn low in the southeastern sky before sunrise.