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  Sky Calendar -- March 2006
5 Moon very near the Pleiades at 15h UT (evening sky).
6 Moon near Mars at 6h UT (evening sky). Mag. +0.8.
6 First Quarter Moon at 20:16 UT.
9 Mars 7.2° N of Aldebaran at 2h UT (evening sky). Mag. +0.9.
9 Moon near Pollux at 20h UT (evening sky).
10 Moon near Saturn at 20h UT (evening sky). Mag. -0.1.
11 Moon near Beehive cluster at 1h UT (evening sky).
12 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 3h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky. Not visible.
12 Moon near Regulus at 23h UT (evening sky).
13 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 2h UT (distance 406,278 km; angular size 29.4').
14 Full Moon at 23:35 UT. Called the "Sap Moon", "Crow Moon" or "Lenten Moon". Penumbral eclipse.
17 Moon very near Spica at 11h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from Hawaii, Peru and Ecuador.
19 Moon near Jupiter at 10h UT (morning sky). Mag. -2.3.
20 Spring or vernal equinox at 18:25 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.
21 Moon very near Antares at 3h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from South Africa and east Brazil.
22 Last Quarter Moon at 19:11 UT.
26 Moon near Venus at 3h UT (morning sky). Mag -4.4.
27 Moon near Mercury at 19h UT (morning sky). Mag +1.0.
27 Mercury 1.5° NNE of Uranus at 23h UT. Mags +1.0 and +5.9.
28 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 7h UT (359,167 km; 33.3').
29 Total Solar Eclipse visible from parts of Brazil, northern Africa, and eastern Europe. Partial phases visible from much of Africa and Europe. Greatest totality (4 min 7 sec) occurs at Chad-Libya border at 10:11 UT. WARNING: NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN -- it will instantly damage your eyes! Instead, use a pinhole in a large card to project the Sun's image onto a surface.
29 New Moon at 10:15 UT. Beginning of lunation 1030.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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