Spring begins on March 19th when the Spring Equinox occurs. The Spring 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.
The new moon for March occurs on Friday, March 7th. This will make the weekend March 8th-9th as the best weekend for Dark Sky Viewing.
Twin Morning Stars
Look in the East, before sunrise, all month, to see the twin Morning Stars!
Mars is still in fantastic position for observation this month. You can find Mars at sunset this month near the zenith at sunset. On March 5th Mars moves fromt he constellation Taurus into the constellation Gemini where it will finish out the month.
|On March 19th Saturn will set a mere 3°30′ from the waxing, gibbous moon.|
Neptune is located in the constellation Capricornus until the year 2010. At the beginning of March, Neptune rises about one hour before sunrise and, by the end of the month, Neptune is rising about three hours before sunrise.
Neptune will be passed by a parade of celestial object in March: March 5th - Neptune is passed by the the waning, crescent moon, March 6th - Venus will overtake Neptune, March 8th - It will be Mercury’s turn to pass by Neptune.
Pluto is found in the constellation Sagittarius until the year 2023. The former planet Pluto can be found in the morning hours all month. At the beginning of the month Pluto rises around 2:00am (PST) and by the end of the month it will rise around midnight.