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  Sky Calendar -- March 2005
3 Moon very near Antares at 12h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from North America and Central America on the morning of March 3 (local start times vary from ~10 to 11h UT).
3 Last Quarter Moon at 17:37 UT.
8 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 4h UT (distance 363,233 km; angular size 32.9').
10 New Moon at 9:11 UT. Beginning of lunation 1017.
11 Moon near Mercury at 19h UT (evening sky).
12 Mercury at greatest elongation, 18° east from the Sun (evening sky) at 18h UT. Mercury (mag. -0.2) visible low in the west 30 minutes after sunset.
15 Moon near the Pleiades at 14h UT (evening sky).
17 First Quarter Moon at 19:19 UT.
19 Moon at apogee (furthest from Earth) at 23h UT (distance 404,847 km; angular size 29.5').
20 Moon near Pollux at 0h UT (evening sky).
20 Spring or vernal equinox at 12:33 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point along the ecliptic where it crosses into the northern celestial hemisphere marking the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.
25 Full Moon at 20:58 UT. The full Moon of March is called the "Sap Moon", "Crow Moon" or "Lenten Moon".
26 Moon very near Jupiter at 15h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from Antarctica.
30 Moon very near Antares at 18h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible along a path from Hawaii to Japan.
MORNING PLANETS: Venus is not viewable as it is too close to the Sun all month. Passes into the evening sky on 31 March. Mars is in the southeast before dawn (mag. +1.0).
EVENING PLANETS: Mercury makes its best apparition of the year for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes. Saturn dims slightly (mag. +0.0) but is well-placed in the evening sky. Jupiter rises earlier and earlier and by sunset at month's end (mag. -2.5).
Comet Machholz (C/2004 Q2) is a circumpolar object (mag. 6.2 to 7.6).
All times Universal Time (UT). (USA Eastern Standard Time = UT ­ 5 hours)

Clear skies till next month!

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