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The sky is not a painting, it's a movie. Stars pulse, flare, some explode as supernova, asteroids whiz by the earth, new comets appear in the sky, Aurora sets the northern skies ablaze and meteors streak through Earth's atmosphere.
The Full Moon for March
The Full Worm Moon – March As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
March Lunar Highlights
On March 10,th a waxing gibbous Moon is 6° below Jupiter. On March 10th at 1:25 EDTthe Moon will occult the 3.6-magnitude star Lambda Geminorum. On March 20, at 2:07 am EDT the 1st-magnitude star Regulus is occulted by asteroid 163 Erigone for a few lucky viewers. The Moon passes only 2° from Saturn on March 21st. Look on March 27, when the Moon is only 3° lower left of brilliant Venus.
The Planets Visibility for March
Morning sky ESE
Mercury is low in the east-southeast morning horizon just before dawn early March. Mercury at midmonth is at 0.2 magnitude and a diameter of 00'.07" at phase 56.78. Mercury is located on the constellation Aquarius and Capricornus border midmonth and moves into Aquarius. Through a telescope midmonth the planet appears almost half full.
Morning sky SE
Venus Shines brightly in the March morning sky rising at 5:06. Venus at midmonth is at -4.4 magnitude and a diameter of 00'.27" at phase 45.47. Venus is located on the constellation Capricornus.
Evening sky ESE
Mars at midmonth is at -0.9 magnitude and a diameter of 00'.13" at phase 97.52. Mars rises at 9:36 p.m and is located in the constellation Virgo.
To see which part of the surface is visible at any time, check out the Mars Profiler at Sky & Telescope Magazine's web page.
S evening sky to W morning sky.
Jupiter at midmonth is at -2.4 magnitude and a diameter of 00'.41" located in the constellation Gemini visible after sunset high in the southern sky setting at 3:50 a.m. Jupiter is the brightest object in the evening sky other than the Moon.
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Saturn is at magnitude 0.4 and diameter 00'.18" rising 12:51 a.m. midmonth located in the constellation Libra. Through a small telescope Saturn will reveal the famous rings of the planet. Rings currently are 22.5 tilt. See: Saturn's moons locations
Updating for March below
SE evening sky to SW morning sky
Uranus is in the high overhead in the evening sky at 5.8 magnitude, diameter of 00°00'03". in the constellation... A moderate-sized telescope will show it as a green-gray disk. See finder charts: Sky & Telescope
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Neptune midmonth is at 7.9 magnitude, diameter of 00°00'02" located in the constellation... See finder charts: Sky & Telescope
On midmonth asteroid 4 Vesta is at magnitude 7.5 in Virgo and Asteroid 1 Ceres at magnitude 8.4 also located in Virgo in the morning sky. At midmonth. 4 Vesta and Ceres are 04°42'53" apart. Mars is about 07°24'40" from asteroid 4 Vesta and 12°07'42" from 1 Ceres.
Pluto is lost in glow of the Sun. Pluto at magnitude +14.2, amid the stars of the Milky Way of the constellation Sagittarius. A large telescope is needed to see this distant object.
No comets currently brighter than 8 magnitude.
For more on current Comets and locations see: Seiichi Yoshida web site here.
There are no significant meteor showers this month.
Some local links below to Heavens Above satellite information website.
Also see: Spaceflight NASA
Real time solar wind dials are linked live to the ACE Spacecraft.
If the dial on the left (Magnetic Field) has dipped below zero, the speed is high and the dial dynamic pressure is in the yellow/red, be alert for Aurora. Anytime the gauges are in the Red and the dial on the left, the Magnetic Field BZ has dipped to the yellow-red... Aurora will be occurring in our area. See link to solar wind gauge here: REAL TIME SOLAR WIND
See explanation of solar wind dials below by clicking on photo of dials
Solar Wind Dials