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  Sky Calendar -- March 2023
1 Moon near M35 star cluster at 8h UT (evening sky).
Messier 35 (Wikipedia)
2 Venus 0.5° NNW of Jupiter at 6h UT (31° from Sun, evening sky). Mags. −4.0 and −2.1.
2 Moon near Castor at 21h UT (evening sky).
3 Moon near Pollux at 3h UT (evening sky).
3 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 18h UT (distance 405,889km; angular size 29.4').
4 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 8h UT (evening sky).
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
6 Moon near Regulus at 5h UT (evening sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
7 Full Moon at 12:42 UT.
10 Moon near Spica at 14h UT (morning sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
14 Moon near Antares at 2h UT (morning sky).
Antares (Wikipedia)
15 Last Quarter Moon at 2:09 UT.
17 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 11h UT. The inner planet passes into the evening sky.
19 Mars at northernmost declination (25.6°) at 0h UT.
19 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 15:10 UT (distance 362,696km; angular size 32.9').
19 Moon near Saturn at 18h UT (morning sky). Mag. 0.9.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
20 Dwarf planet 1 Ceres at opposition at 21h UT. Mag. 6.9.
Ceres (Wikipedia)
20 Vernal equinox at 21:23 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 New Moon at 17:26 UT. Start of lunation 1240.
22 Moon near Jupiter at 21h UT (evening sky). Mag. −2.1. Occultation visible from northern South America.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
Lunar Occultation of Jupiter (IOTA)
24 Moon near Venus at 11h UT (36° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. −4.0. Look out for this spectacular sight! Occultation visible from parts of Asia and Africa.
Venus (Wikipedia)
Lunar Occultation of Venus (In-the-Sky)
26 Moon near the Pleiades at 2h UT (evening sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
28 Moon near Mars at 14h UT (evening sky). Mag. 0.9.
Mars (Wikipedia)
28 Moon near M35 star cluster at 15h UT (evening sky).
29 First Quarter Moon at 2:32 UT.
30 Moon near Castor at 4h UT (evening sky).
30 Moon near Pollux at 10h UT (evening sky).
31 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 11h UT (distance 404,919km; angular size 29.5').
31 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 15h UT (evening sky).
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Standard Time = UT − 5 hours.
  • US Pacific Standard Time = UT − 8 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Daylight Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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