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  Sky Calendar -- March 2018
1 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 6h UT.
2 Full Moon at 0:51 UT.
4 Mercury 1.1° NW of Venus (13° from Sun, evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. −1.2 and −3.9.
5 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 2h UT.
7 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 9h UT. Mag. −2.2.
8 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 18h UT.
9 Last Quarter Moon at 11:22 UT.
10 Moon near Mars (84° from Sun, morning sky) at 1h UT. Mag. 0.7.
11 Moon near Saturn (72° from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. 0.5.
11 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 9h UT (distance 404,678 km; angular size 29.5').
15 Mercury at greatest elongation east (18° from Sun, evening sky) at 15h UT. Mag. −0.3.
17 New Moon at 13:13 UT. Start of lunation 1178.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
18 Moon near Venus (17° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mercury nearby. Mags. −3.9 and 0.3.
19 Mercury 3.8° from Venus (18° from Sun, evening sky) at 8h UT. Moon nearby. Mags. 0.5 and −3.9.
20 Vernal equinox at 16:15 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 the Pleiades at 6h UT (evening sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
22 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 23h UT.
24 First Quarter Moon at 15:13 UT.
26 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 18h UT (369,106 km; angular size 32.4').
27 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 1h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
28 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 15h UT.
31 Full Moon at 12:37 UT.
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • USA Eastern Standard Time = UT − 5 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Summer Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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