Tuesday, March 9 – Previous Moon meets Saturn (pre-dawn)
Within the southeastern pre-dawn sky on Tuesday, March 9, the previous crescent Moon will start a visit previous the intense planets gathered there. When the Moon rises it will likely be positioned lower than a fist’s diameter to the suitable (or eight levels to the celestial southwest) of magnitude 0.7 Saturn. By the point the sky begins to brighten at about 6 a.m., a lot brighter Jupiter, after which fainter Mercury, can have risen — forming a line to the decrease left (east) of Saturn, and making a beautiful picture alternative when composed with some fascinating panorama.
Wednesday, March 10 – Crescent Moon close to Saturn and Jupiter (pre-dawn)
The Moon’s go to with the intense morning planets will proceed on Wednesday, March 10, when the slim crescent Moon will shift east to sit down under and between brilliant, magnitude -2.Zero Jupiter and fainter Saturn. As a result of the Moon will likely be using 5 levels south of the ecliptic, it’ll rise after Mercury joins the planet social gathering. The scene will make one other terrific picture alternative (sorry Canada, nevertheless it’s particularly so for observers viewing from extra southerly latitudes, the place the Solar will likely be farther under the horizon and the Moon will likely be larger).
Thursday, March 11 – Previous Moon under Mercury (pre-dawn)
Observers viewing from southern latitudes will be capable of see the previous crescent Moon full its passage of the pre-dawn brilliant planets on Thursday, March 11. After the Moon rises over the east-southeastern horizon, it’ll shine a palm’s width under (or 6 levels to the celestial southeast) of magnitude 0.Zero Mercury – with a lot brighter Jupiter and barely fainter Saturn forming a row to Mercury’s higher proper (west).
Saturday, March 13 – New Moon (at 10:21 GMT)
At 5:21 a.m. EST, or 10:21 GMT, on Saturday, March 13, the Moon will formally attain its new Moon part. Whereas new, the Moon is travelling between Earth and the Solar. Since daylight can solely attain the far facet of the Moon, and the Moon is in the identical area of the sky because the Solar, the Moon turns into fully hidden from view for a few day. After the brand new Moon part Earth’s celestial night-light will return to shine within the western night sky.
Sunday, March 14 – Daylight Saving Time begins (at 2 a.m.)
For jurisdictions that make use of Daylight Saving Time (DST), clocks must be set ahead by one hour at 2 a.m. native time on Sunday, March 14. For stargazers, the time change, plus the truth that sundown happens one minute later every day close to the March equinox, will imply that dark-sky observing can’t start till a lot later within the night — presumably after the bedtime of junior astronomers. The distinction from native time to Greenwich Imply Time (GMT), or the astronomers’ Common Time (UT), will likely be lowered by one hour when DST is in impact. Daylight Saving Time will finish on November 7, 2021.
Chris Vaughan is a science author, geophysicist, astronomer, planetary scientist and an “outreach RASCal.” He writes Astronomy Skylights, and you’ll observe him on Twitter at @astrogeoguy. He also can carry his Digital Starlab moveable inflatable planetarium to your college or different daytime or night occasion. Contact him by AstroGeo.ca to tour the universe collectively.