Archive for March, 2006

March 2006

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

The New Moon for March occurs on Wednesday, March 29th, 2006. This makes the weekends of March 25th-26th and April 1st-2nd excellent weekends for dark sky observing.

The Full Moon for March, known as “The Worm Moon”, will occur on March 14th.

The Vernal Equinox occurs on March 20th and with the Vernal Equinox, we have the beginning of Spring.

Mercury starts out in first week of March visible in the evening sky in the constellation Pisces (The Fish). On March 3rd, Mercury starts a retrograde path toward the Sun and around March 7th it disappears into the glare of the Sun, not to re-appear until the last week of March, when it re-appears in the evening sky. During the time when it is not observable, on March 18th, it crosses into the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer) where it remains for the remainder of the month.

March 27. 2006 - Mercury, Moon & Venus
On March 27th, 2006, just after Sunset Mercury, a Waxing Crescent Moon
and Venus can be observed together in close proximity.

Venus is the Morning Star of March, providing spectacular observation all month. Venus will be at it’s Greatest Western Elongation on March 24th, with an angle of separation from the Sun of 46° 30′. On this date Venus will be at it’s best morning viewing and rise about 3 hours before sunrise.

Venus starts out this month in the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer), moves into the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat) on March 5th. On March 20th Venus moves into the constellation Aquarius and return to the constellation Capricornus on March 26th where it spends the rest of the month.

March 5. 2006 - Moon, Mars & M45
On March 5th around 10:30-11:30 Mars will be in close proximity to the
Moon and the asterism Pleiades (M45).

Mars is visible during the evening and late evening hours, all month, in the constellation Taurus (The Bull).

Jupiter can be found in the constellation Libra (The Balance) until December 2006 from around midnight to sunrise.
March 19, 2006 - Jupiter & Moon
On March 19th Jupiter is in close proximity (about
6°) to a waning gibbous Moon.

Saturn is located in the constellation Cancer (The Crab) until August 2006. During the Month of March, Saturn is observable from the evening until it sets in the very early morning hours.
March 10, 2006 - Saturn & Moon
In the evening of March 10th, Saturn will be
within 5.5° of the waxing gibbous Moon.

Uranus is in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer) until the year 2009. Uranus will be difficult to observe in the month of March due to its proximity to the Sun.

Neptune can be located in the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat) until the year 2010. Due to its proximity to the Sun, Neptune will be difficult to observe until the very end of the month of March, when it re-appears in the morning hours near Venus .

March 31, 2006 - Neptune, Venus, Uranus & Mercury
On the Morning of March 31st, 2006 the planets Neptune, Venus, Uranus
and Mercury appear together at Sunrise.

Pluto is found in the constellation Serpens Cauda (The Snake’s Tail) until September 2006. Pluto rises in the very early morning hours and is observable until Sunrise.


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