Star calendar for March 2016

Star calendar 1–31 March 2016

1 Mar    Low in the south this morning, Mars is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s right, Saturn is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left, and Antares is 1 fist-width below the moon. Compare the colors of Mars and Antares, the “rival of Mars.”

2 Mar    Saturn is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right this morning. Antares lies 4 finger-widths beyond Saturn.

4 Mar    The moon is 4 finger-widths below Regulus this evening.

7 Mar    In the hour before sunrise, you can see the moon less than 2 finger-widths to Venus’ left.

8 Mar    A partial solar eclipse will be visible in Hawaii with maximum eclipse occurring about 1736 local time.

13 Mar    High in the west at dusk, the Pleiades Cluster is about 1 fist-width to the moon’s right, and Aldebaran is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left.

14 Mar    The moon is 3 finger-widths to Aldebaran’s upper left, and Orion is to the moon’s lower left.

15 Mar    High in the southwest at dusk, Orion is directly below the moon.

16 Mar    Second-magnitude Alhena, in Gemini, is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right this evening. Procyon is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s lower left.

17 Mar    The moon lies between Pollux, 1 fist-width to the upper right, and Procyon, the same distance below.

18 Mar    High in the south tonight, Procyon is 2 fist-widths to the moon’s lower right. Regulus is the same distance to the moon’s lower left.

20 Mar    Regulus is 3 finger-widths above the moon tonight. Jupiter is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left. Today marks the vernal equinox, or first day of spring, as the sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north.

21 Mar    More than 90 percent illuminated, the moon will be visible before dusk. Look for Jupiter 1 finger-width to the moon’s upper left after the sky darkens.

23 Mar    A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs in the early morning as the moon passes through Earth’s partial shadow. The eclipse is visible on the West Coast as well as in Alaska and Hawaii. In the rest of the United States, only part of the eclipse is visible before moonset near dawn.

24 Mar    Spica is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right tonight. Arcturus is 3 fist-widths to the upper left.

28 Mar    Low in the south before dawn, the moon is 3 finger-widths to Mars’ upper right.

29 Mar    The moon is 2 finger-widths to Saturn’s upper right before dawn.

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