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  Sky Calendar -- March 2019
1 Moon near Saturn (53° from Sun, morning sky) at 19h UT. Mag. 0.6. Occultation visible from southwest USA, western Mexico, and French Polynesia.
Occultation of Saturn (IOTA)
Saturn (Wikipedia)
2 Moon near Venus (morning sky) at 23h UT. Mag. −4.1.
Venus (Wikipedia)
4 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 11h UT (distance 406,391 km; angular size 29.4').
6 New Moon at 16:04 UT. Start of lunation 1190.
11 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 17h UT. Mag. 1.3.
Mars (Wikipedia)
12 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 17h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 10h UT.
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
14 First Quarter Moon at 10:26 UT.
15 Mercury at inferior conjunction with Sun at 2h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky. Not visible.
16 Moon near Pollux (evening sky) at 15h UT.
17 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 15h UT.
19 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 2h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
19 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 19:35 UT (359,377 km; angular size 33.2').
20 Vernal equinox at 22:01 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 1:42 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
22 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 17h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
26 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 2h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
27 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 4h UT. Mag. −2.2.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
28 Last Quarter Moon at 4:10 UT.
29 Moon near Saturn (79° from Sun, morning sky) at 6h UT. Mag. 0.6. Occultation visible from southern Africa, Madagascar, and eastern South America.
Occultation of Saturn (IOTA)
31 Mars 3.1° SSE of the Pleiades (50° from Sun, evening sky) at 7h UT. Mag. 1.4.
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Summer Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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