SkyDiary
Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Find out what’s up in the night sky:
Upcoming astoronomical events, interesting observations, packed with everything a stargazer needs to know.

Observations are described for the NORTHERN hemisphere and can be made by naked eye, small binoculars or by small telescope.

March 2019

Phases of the Moon

New Moon:March 06
First Quarter:March 14
Full Moon:March 21
Last Quarter:March 28

Mercury

After the most favorable eastern elongation in February, Mercury moves towards the Sun and on March 15 the planet in the so called inferior conjunction, i.e., between the Earth and the Sun. Hence, we cannot observe it. However, it continues its movement and appears on the morning sky towards the end of March, but only few degrees over horizon.

Venus

Venus remains very bright (around -4 mag) on the morning sky, but moves towards the Sun. Hence, the conditions for its observation are getting worse during March. On March 2 and 3 it will be close to the Moon.

Saturn and the Moon

On March 29 morning, the planet will be very close to the last-quarter Moon low over south-eastern horizon. Venus and Jupiter will be also visible by naked eye.

Vernal Equinox

On March 20 at 22:58 UT, there will be vernal equinox for the northern hemisphere of our Earth. The sun is exactly on the sky equator and the night will be of the same length as the day.

Article by (C) G. Okša