Monthly Stargazing Calendar for March 2016

Jupiter Voyager 1. Courtesy of NASA.

This month may have a variety of astronomical occasions beginning on March 8, when Jupiter will likely be at opposition. The fuel big will likely be at its method to Earth and its face will likely be totally illuminated by the Solar. Which means that it will likely be brighter than some other time of the yr and will likely be seen all night time lengthy. Because of this it’s the very best time to view and {photograph} Jupiter and its moons. pair of binoculars ought to will let you see Jupiter’s 4 largest moons, showing as vivid dots on both aspect of the planet, whereas a medium-sized telescope ought to be capable to present you a number of the particulars in Jupiter’s cloud bands.

The following day, on March 9 we are going to witness a whole photo voltaic eclipse. The moon will fully the Solar, revealing the Solar’s stunning outer ambiance often known as the corona. Sadly, the trail of totality will solely be seen in components of central Indonesia and the Pacific Ocean. Nevertheless a partial eclipse will likely be seen in most components of northern Australia and Southeast Asia.

Total Solar Eclipse 2016 March 09

In fact, on March 20 would be the March equinox, exactly at 04:30 UTC. The Solar will shine immediately on the equator and there will likely be practically equal quantities of day and night time all through the world. That is additionally the primary day of spring (vernal equinox) within the Northern Hemisphere and the primary day of (autumnal equinox) within the Southern Hemisphere.

Lastly on March 23 we are going to witness a penumbral lunar eclipse. Such an eclipse happens when passes by way of the Earth’s partial shadow, also referred to as penumbra. Throughout this of eclipse the Moon will darken barely however not fully. The eclipse will likely be seen all through most of utmost japanese Asia, japanese Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and the west coast of North America together with Alaska.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 2016 March 23

Moon phases

As you understand, the moon has a big effect on the visibility of our bodies within the night time sky. So listed here are the moon’s phases for this month:

Moon Phases Calendar March 2016

Positions of the planets this month

Mercury: The closest planet to the Solar could be seen at daybreak and nightfall travelling throughout the constellation of Aquarius, not removed from Venus and Neptune. This planet, being the closest to the Solar, will seem to maneuver shortly within the night time sky and its place will change within the following weeks.

Venus: The sister planet could be seen close to Mercury travelling throughout the constellation of Aquarius. Identical to Mercury, Venus can solely be seen at daybreak and nightfall.

Mars: The purple airplanet could be seen in the constellation of Scorpius.

Jupiter: The fuel big is seen in the constellation of Leo. Jupiter can simply be noticed with the bare eye, even in extremely illuminated cities.

Saturn: The ringed big could be seen with the bare eye in the constellation of Ophiuchus.

Uranus: The fuel big could be seen in the constellation of Pisces with the usage of a telescope.

Neptune: The blue big requires a telescope pointed within the constellation of Aquarius to be able to be seen.

Main astronomical occasions subsequent month

  • April 18 – Mercury at Best Japanese Elongation.
  • April 22, 23 – Lyrids Meteor Bathe.

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