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  Sky Calendar -- March 2017
1 Moon near Venus (32° from Sun, evening sky) at 2h UT. Mag. −4.6.
1 Moon near Mars (43° from Sun) at 21h UT. Mag. 1.3.
3 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 7:29 UT (369,062 km; angular size 32.4').
4 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 10h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
5 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 3h UT. Occultation visible from USA, Mexico, and Central America.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
5 First Quarter Moon at 11:33 UT.
7 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 0h UT. The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.
9 Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 7h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
10 Moon very near Regulus (evening sky) at 22h UT. Occultation visible from South Africa.
Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
12 Full Moon at 14:54 UT.
14 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 22h UT. Mag. −2.4.
15 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 3h UT.
18 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 17h UT (distance 404,650 km; angular size 29.5').
18 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 23h UT.
20 Vernal equinox at 10:29 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.
Vernal Equinox (Wikipedia)
20 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 11h UT. Mag. 0.5.
20 Last Quarter Moon at 16:00 UT.
25 Venus at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 10h UT. The brightest planet passes into the morning sky.
28 New Moon at 2:58 UT. Start of lunation 1166.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
29 Moon near Mercury (18° from Sun) at 11h UT. Mag. −0.5.
30 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 12:34 UT (363,854 km; angular size 32.8').
30 Moon near Mars (35° from Sun, evening sky) at 16h UT. Mag. 1.5.
31 Moon near the Pleiades (49° from Sun, evening sky) at 17h UT.
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • USA Eastern Summer Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Summer Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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