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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. Courtesy Farmers Almanac.
March Lunar Highlights
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The Planets Visibility for March
Morning sky ESE
Mercury appears in the morning sky as March begins. Mercury is very low on the east southeastern horizon and becoming lower each day as it draws close to the Sun. Mercury is at 0.0 magnitude and a diameter of 00°00'.06" and a phase of 65.88%. The planet is located in the constellation Capricornus. Mercury rises at 5:36 a.m.. The glare from the Sun rising at 6:41 will make Mercury a difficult object to observe in the pre-dawn sky.
Evening sky WSW
Venus is prominent now and visible right after sunset in the west southwest Setting around 9:20 p.m. early March. Venus midmonth is at -4.0 magnitude, a diameter of 00°00'.13", a phase of 82.73% and located in the constellation Pisces and sets at 9:59 p.m.. Uranus appears above Venus and Mars appears below Venus in a line on March 1st after sunset. On March 4th Venus climbs above Uranus and appears very close to Uranus being only an Angular separation: 00°16'28" apart after sunset. March 16th Venus moves into Aries.
Evening sky WSW
Mars midmonth is at +1.3 magnitude and a diameter of 00°00'.04" located in the constellation Pisces and sets at 9:08 p.m.. Look on March 15th for Mars and a new but faint comet, 2015 C2 (SWAN) to be only an Angular separation: 00°11'28" apart. It will take a large telescope to see the comet. To find Mars look for a reddish object low in the west southwest sky. To see which part of the surface is visible at any time, check out the Mars Profiler at Sky & Telescope Magazine's web page.
Evening sky E
Jupiter midmonth is at -2.5 magnitude and a diameter of 00°00'.43" located in the constellation Cancer visible after sunset in the east. Jupiter sets around 5:46 a.m.. On March 2nd the Moon and Jupiter are about six degrees apart. A small telescope will easily reveal four of Jupiter's largest and brightest moons. Check out Sky & Telescope's Jupiter Moons Utility for other configurations. Sky and Telescope Red Spot Calculator
Jupiter midmonth around 8 p.m..
Morning sky SE
Saturn midmonth is at +0.4 magnitude and diameter 00°00'.17" rising around 1:00 a.m. in the southeast. Saturn is in the constellation Scorpius. Through a small telescope Saturn will reveal the famous rings of the planet. Rings currently are 25.0° tilt. See: Saturn's moons locations
Saturn and Moon 05°30'12" from each other looking SE on February 13th at 4:00 a.m. below.
Evening Sky W
Uranus midmonth is at 5.9 magnitude and diameter 00°00'.03" located in the western sky after sunset setting at 8:52 p.m.. A small telescope will reveal this event. See below image: Uranus is located in the constellation Pisces. A moderate-sized telescope will show it as a green-gray disk. See: Sky and Telescope location PDF. Courtesy: Sky and Telescope
The Moon and Uranus below after sunset at 5:48 p.m. just before occultation on February 21st. For details see link: Uranus Occultation
Morning Sky E Lost in Sun's glare
Neptune is lost in the Sun's glare. Neptune will be visible mid April. A moderate-sized telescope will show it as a blue green disk. Neptune is located in the constellation Aquarius. See: Sky and Telescope location PDF. Courtesy: Sky and Telescope
3 Juno at 8.2 magnitude is in the constellation Hydra.
Pluto at midmonth is visible in the southwest right after sunset very low on the horizon and is amid the stars of the Milky Way in the constellation Sagittarius. Pluto is at magnitude +14.2 and diameter 00°00'.00" A large telescope is needed to see this distant object.
Comets Brighter than 8 Magnitude
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy
Comet Lovejoy is reported at 5.4 magnitude as of March 1st. Visible after sunset to sunrise. The comet is in Cassiopeia.
For more on current Comets and locations see: Seiichi Yoshida web site here.
Currently No Major Meteor Shower
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