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Sun, Moon & Stars

Movement of the heavenly bodies: March 2001

March Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1 Saturn is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 18001 pm
2 Jupiter is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 09004 am
3 FIRST QUARTER 02009 pm
(March 2)
4 Mars is 5 degrees north of Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius. 14009 am
7 Venus appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 11006 am
8 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 09004 am
9 FULL MOON 170012 noon
10 Mercury is 0 degrees 1 minute north of Uranus. 11006 am
11 Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 27 degrees west of the Sun. 06001 am
15 Mars is 1 degree 8 minutes south of the Moon. 21004 pm
16 LAST QUARTER 21004 pm
18 Ceres, the largest asteroid, is 0 degrees 5 minutes south of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 07002 am
18 Pluto appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 22005 pm
20 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 11006 am
20 Equinox 14009 am
21 Uranus is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 14009 am
22 Mercury is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 18001 pm
25 NEW MOON 01008 pm
(March 24)
27 Vesta, the third-largest asteroid, is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Vesta and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 07002 am
29 Saturn is 1 degree 7 minutes north of the Moon. 040011 pm
(March 28)
29 Jupiter is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 21004 pm
30 Venus is in inferior conjunction, that is, the Sun and the Earth are aligned on opposite sides of Venus. 040011 pm
(March 29)

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