Astronomy Info - March
New Moon: March 1
First Quarter: March 8
Full Moon: March 16 (the Worm Moon)
Last Quarter Moon: March 23
New Moon: March 30
Daylight Savings Time begins (add 1 hour).
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Edmonton Centre) meeting.
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm in the Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre.
Free for anyone to attend.
Mercury at greatest elongation west (27.6 degrees W) of the Sun.
Spring Equinox (Vernal Equinox), or the first day of Spring, begins at exactly 10:57 a.m. MDT.
Earth Hour, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time. See www.earthhour.org.
Mercury is not well placed to view this month from our northerly latitude.
Venus is seen low along the east-northeastern horizon before sunrise this month. Look for the waning crescent Moon near Venus on the morning of March 27.
Mars rises in the east-southeast a little after 10:00 p.m. local time and can be found in the constellation of Virgo, the maiden, near the bright star Spica. Mars begins its retrograde motion on March 1, moving westward in relation to the stars of Virgo.
Jupiter is found high in the south at sunset and can be found within the constellation of Gemini, the twins. On March 11 Jupiter reaches its most northerly declination in the period from 2002 to 2026, so this is the highest Jupiter will appear in our evening sky in this period of time when it is due south! This should provide exceptional telescopic views of the features on this planet. Jupiter will be a highlight at the public observatory this month. Look for Jupiter just above the waxing gibbous Moon on the nights of March 9 and 10.
Saturn rises just before 1:00 a.m. local time along the east-southeastern horizon and then gains elevation during the night appearing about 20 degree above the southern horizon by sunrise. Saturn begins its retrograde motion (westward motion) in the sky on March 3 and is found within the constellation of Libra, the scales. Look for Saturn near the waning gibbous Moon on the nights of March 20 and 21.