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  Sky Calendar -- March 2013
1 Moon very near Spica (137° from Sun, morning sky) at 5h UT. Occultation visible from central South America.
Occultation of Spica (US Naval Observatory)
Occultation of Spica (IOTA)
2 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 15h UT. Mag. +0.4.
4 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 13h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
4 Moon near Antares (94° from Sun, morning sky) at 14h UT.
4 Last Quarter Moon at 21:54 UT.
5 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 23h UT (369,957 km; 32.3').
10 Comet PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4) at perhelion at 4h UT. Expected to be easily visible mid- to late-March in the western sky (mid-northern latitudes) after sunset.
11 New Moon at 19:53 UT. Start of lunation 1116.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
17 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 4h UT.
Pleiades (star cluster) (Wikipedia)
18 Moon near Jupiter (72° from Sun, evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. -2.2. [Sky Maps]
18 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 2h UT.
18 Moon, Jupiter & Aldebaran within circle diameter 5.0° (evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. -2.2 and +0.8.
19 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 3h UT (distance 404,261 km; angular size 29.6').
19 First Quarter Moon at 17:26 UT.
20 Vernal equinox at 11:02 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)
22 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) (evening sky) at 22h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
24 Comet Lemmon (C/2012 F6) at perhelion at 12h UT.
Comet C2012 F6 (LEMMON) (info & images)
24 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 17h UT.
27 Full Moon at 9:29 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
28 Moon very near Spica (163° from Sun, morning sky) at 16h UT. Occultation visible from S.E. Asia and N.E. Australia.
Occultation of Spica (US Naval Observatory)
Occultation of Spica (IOTA)
28 Venus at superior conjunction with the Sun at 17h UT. Passes into the evening sky (not visible).
29 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. +0.3.
31 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 4h UT (367,504 km; 32.5').
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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