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Astronomy Info & Events: March

Moon Phases

March 6 New Moon

March 14 First Quarter Moon

March 20 Full Moon (Worm Moon)

March 27 Last Quarter Moon

Special Events

International Space Station (ISS) Observable Passes

Look for passes of the International Space Station before sunrise, from March 1 to March 15. From March 22 onwards the visible ISS passes will take place in the early 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.

March 1 Saturn will be found near the waning crescent Moon.

March 2 Look for Venus near the waning crescent Moon in the eastern morning sky before sunrise.

First unmanned launch of the SpaceX Dragon crew spacecraft on a Falcon 9. rocket.

March 10 Daylight savings time begins! Add 1 hour of time to your clocks (spring ahead)!

March 11 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Edmonton Centre meeting

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Zeidler Dome at the TELUS World of Science

Free to attend.

See http://www.edmontonrasc.com for more details.

Mars near the waxing crescent Moon in the evening sky.

March 14 Mercury at inferior conjunction (in-between the Sun and the Earth).

Expedition 59 launch to the International Space Station from from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Hammock Koch and Russian space agency (Roscosmos) cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are scheduled to launch aboard a Soyuz spacecraft.

March 20 Spring equinox occurs at about 3:59 p.m. MDT.

March 23 – 31 School spring break

Visible Planets

March 6 New Moon

March 14 First Quarter Moon

March 20 Full Moon (Worm Moon)

March 27 Last Quarter Moon

Mercury sinks lower in the western sky during the beginning of the month and then is lost in the glare of the setting Sun by March 5. Mercury will then be in inferior conjunction on March 14.

Venus is found shining brilliantly very low in our east-southeast sky before sunrise. It begins the month in the constellation of Capricornus, the sea goat, and then moves into the constellation of Aquarius, the water bearer, by mid-month. On March 2 look for a nice pairing of the waning crescent Moon with Venus before sunrise.

Mars continues to shine about halfway up in our early evening southwestern sky after sunset. It begins the month within the constellation of Aries, the ram, but moves into the adjacent constellation of Taurus, the bull, by the middle of the month. Look for Mars just above the waxing crescent Moon on the evenings of March 10 and 11.

Jupiter is located in the constellation of Serpens Cauda (part of Ophiuchus), the tail of the serpent, and is seen rising in the early predawn hours along the southeastern horizon. By sunrise, Jupiter stands about 14 degrees above the southern horizon. On the morning of March 26 and 27 look for Jupiter near the waning gibbous Moon.

Saturn appears low above the southeastern horizon before sunrise during this month and is located in the constellation of Sagittarius, the archer. The very slim waning crescent Moon can be seen near Saturn before sunrise on March 1 and then again on March 28 and 29.

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