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  Sky Calendar -- March 2008
3 Moon near Jupiter at 2h UT (morning sky).
3 Mercury at greatest elongation, 27° west from Sun (morning sky) at 11h UT. Mag. +0.1. Very low in the east-southeast about 30 minutes before sunrise.
5 Moon very near Mercury at 15h UT (morning sky).
5 Moon very near Venus at 20h UT (morning sky). Daytime occultation visible from North America and Cuba.
Occultation of Venus (IOTA)
7 New Moon at 17:14 UT. Start of lunation 1054.
10 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 22h UT (366,298 km; 32.6').
12 Moon near the Pleiades at 18h UT (evening sky).
14 First Quarter Moon at 10:46 UT.
15 Moon near Mars at 3h UT (evening sky). Mag. +0.5.
16 Moon near Pollux at 13h UT (evening sky).
17 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 15h UT (evening sky).
19 Moon near Regulus at 7h UT (evening sky).
19 Moon near Saturn at 13h UT (evening sky). Mag. +0.3.
20 Spring or vernal equinox at 5:48 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)
21 Full Moon at 18:40 UT. The full Moon of March is called the Sap Moon, Crow Moon or Lenten Moon.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
23 Moon near Spica at 14h UT (evening sky).
24 Mercury 0.97° from Venus at 14h UT (20° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. -0.3 and -3.9. Favors S. Hemisphere skywatchers.
26 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 20h UT (distance 405,092 km; angular size 29.5').
27 Moon near Antares at 10h UT (morning sky).
29 Last Quarter Moon at 21:47 UT.
30 Moon near Jupiter at 19h UT (morning sky).
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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