Archive for March, 2007

March 2007

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Vernal Equinox

Spring begins on March 20th, 2007 when the Vernal Equinox occurs. The Vernal Equinox occurs when the tilt of the Earth is in tangent with the orbit of Earth around the Sun. This point marks the beginning of Spring. An Equinox has an equal amount of daylight and nighttime.

Lunar Events

The New Moon on Monday, March 19th, 2007 which will make the weekend on March 17th-18th the best weekend for deep sky viewing.

The Full Moon for March occurs on March 3rd 2007 and is known as the Full Worm Moon. Also on March 3rd, there will be a Total Lunar Eclipse (which always occurs on a Full Moon) unfortunately it will only be observable from Africa and Europe.

The above movie shows the March 3rd, 2007 Total Eclipse as viewed

from the City of Jerusalem.

The above movie shows the March 3rd, 2007 Total Eclipse as viewed

from the Moon. Note the globe is inverted. This view shows the areas

of the Earth that can view the Lunar Eclipse.

Mercury

Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation

March 21st, 2007, sunrise - Mercury at its Greatest Western

Elongation, also showing the positions of the

Sun, Uranus, Neptune and Mars.

Mercury will reach its Greatest Eastern Elongation on March 21st, 2007 and will 27° 44′ 28" rising about 1 hour, 51 minutes before sunrise.

Mercury is visible all month in the morning hours.  Mercury starts March in the constellation Capricornus ("The Sea Goat"). On March 7th Mercury will start retrograde motion back toward the east. On March 14th, Mercury crosses into the constellation Aquarius ("The Water Bearer").

On March 31st Mercury can be found in conjunction with Uranus coming within 1° 45′ of each other.

Venus

Venus is the evening star for March and is very prominent in the west after sunset. Venus starts this month in the constellation Pisces ("The Fish") and moves in retrograde motion all month. Venus crosses into the constellation Aries ("The Ram") on March 16th where it will spend the rest of the month. March 15, 2007 Vnus

March 16th, 2007 - Venus crosses into Aries from Pisces.

Mars

Mars is visible in the morning hours all month moving in retrograde motion within the constellation Capricornus ("The Sea Goat").

March 25, 2007 - Mars & Neptune

On March 25th, Mars and Neptune will come into conjunction being

with 1° of each other.

Jupiter

Jupiter is visible from the early morning hours until sunrise all month.  Jupiter is located in the constellation Ophiuchus until December 2007. Jupiter is moving in retrograde motion until early April.

Saturn

Saturn is in excellent position all night, all month, since it was at Opposition last month on February 10th, 2007.

March 1, 2007 - Saturn & Moon On the first of the month Saturn will rise with 0° 50′ from the waxing gibbous moon and again, on March 28th, they will be within 1° 30′. Saturn is located in the constellation Leo ("The Lion") until the year 2009.

March 28, 2007 - Saturn & Moon

Uranus

Uranus is located in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer) until the year 2009 and is not visible for the first half of the month and then reappears from the glare of the morning sun in the second half of the month.

March 31, 2007 - Uranus & Mercury

On March 31st at sunrise, Mercury and Uranus will be in conjunction,

being less than 1° 45′ of each other.

Neptune

Neptune is located in the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat) until the year 2010.  Neptune is observable in the morning just before sunrise.

March 25, 2007 - Nptune & Mars

On March 25th, Neptune and Mars will be in conjunction less than

1° from each other.

Pluto

Pluto can be found, until the year 2023, in the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer).  Pluto can be observed all month in the morning hours.  At the first of the month Pluto rises around 2:00 am and by the end of the month Pluto will rise around midnight.

On March 15th, 2007, Pluto can be found south and east of Jupiter. Pluto

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