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  Sky Calendar -- March 2020
1 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 22h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
2 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 15h UT.
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
2 First Quarter Moon at 19:57 UT.
5 Moon near Castor (evening sky) at 19h UT.
6 Moon near Pollux (evening sky) at 0h UT.
6 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 23h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
8 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 11h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
9 Full Moon at 17:47 UT.
10 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 6:24 UT (distance 357,122 km; angular size 33.5').
12 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 1h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
15 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 6h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
16 Last Quarter Moon at 9:35 UT.
18 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 9h UT. Mag. 0.9.
Mars (Wikipedia)
18 Moon, Mars and Jupiter within a circle of diameter 1.6° (morning sky) at 10h UT. Mags. 0.9 and −2.1.
18 Moon near Jupiter (66° from Sun, morning sky) at 11h UT. Mag. −2.1.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
19 Moon near Saturn (59° from Sun, morning sky) at 1h UT. Mag. 0.7.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
20 Vernal equinox at 3:54 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)
20 Mars 0.7° S of Jupiter (67° from Sun, morning sky) at 11h UT. Mags. 0.9 and −2.1.
21 Moon near Mercury (28° from Sun, morning sky) at 21h UT. Mag. 0.3.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
24 Mercury at greatest elongation west (28° from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. 0.3.
24 New Moon at 9:28 UT. Start of lunation 1203.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
24 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 15h UT (distance 406,692 km; angular size 29.4').
24 Venus at greatest elongation east (46° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. −4.4.
28 Moon near Venus (evening sky) at 16h UT. Mag. −4.4.
Venus (Wikipedia)
29 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 4h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
29 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 22h UT.
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
31 Mars 0.9° SE of Saturn (morning sky) at 18h UT. Mags. 0.8 and 0.7.
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Standard Time = UT − 5 hours.
  • US Pacific Standard Time = UT − 8 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Summer Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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