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  Sky Calendar -- March 2024
3 Moon near Antares at 7h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from southeast USA, Mexico, Caribbean, northern South America.
Antares (Wikipedia)
Disappearance and Reappearance Times (IOTA)
Occultation of Antares (In-The-Sky)
3 Last Quarter Moon at 15:24 UT.
8 Moon near Mars at 8h UT (morning sky). Mag. 1.2.
Mars (Wikipedia)
8 Moon near Venus at 20h UT (23° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. −3.9.
Venus (Wikipedia)
10 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 6:57 UT (distance 356,895km; angular size 33.5').
10 New Moon at 9:01 UT. Start of lunation 1252.
14 Moon near Jupiter at 0h UT (evening sky). Mag. −2.1.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
15 Moon near the Pleiades at 5h UT (evening sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
17 First Quarter Moon at 4:11 UT.
17 Moon near M35 star cluster at 15h UT (evening sky).
Messier 35 (Wikipedia)
19 Moon near Castor at 2h UT (evening sky).
19 Moon near Pollux at 8h UT (evening sky).
20 Vernal equinox at 3:03 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 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 12h UT (evening sky).
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
22 Venus 0.32° NNW of Saturn at 0h UT (19° from Sun, morning sky). Mags −3.9 and 1.1.
22 Moon near Regulus at 9h UT (evening sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
23 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 16h UT (distance 406,294km; angular size 29.4').
24 Mercury at greatest elongation east at 22h UT (19° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. −0.1.
25 Full Moon at 7:00 UT.
25 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse from 4:53 to 9:32 UT, mid-eclipse at 7:13 UT. Best seen at mid-eclipse as a slight dimming of the Full Moon. Visible from the Americas.
NASA Lunar Eclipses: 2021-2030 (NASA)
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 2024 March 25 (PDF) (NASA)
26 Moon near Spica at 22h UT (morning sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
30 Moon near Antares at 13h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from Oceania, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
Antares (Wikipedia)
Occultation of Antares (In-The-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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