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Sun, Moon, and Stars: March 2000

Movement of the heavenly bodies: March, 2000

 

March Calendar

Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1 Mercury is in inferior conjunction, that is, the Sun and the Earth are aligned on opposite sides of Mercury. 1500 10 am
3 Neptune is 0 degrees 4 minutes north of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 0000 7 pm (Mar. 2)
4 Venus is 0 degrees 7 minutes south of Uranus. 0000 7 pm (Mar. 3)
4 Uranus is 0 degrees 7 minutes north of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 0100 8 pm (Mar. 3)
4 Venus is 0 degrees 6 minutes north of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 0100 8 pm (Mar. 3)
6 NEW MOON 0500 12 am
8 Mars is 5 degrees north of the Moon. 1400 9 am
9 Jupiter is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 1700 12 pm
10 Saturn is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 0900 4 am
13 FIRST QUARTER 0700 2 am
13 Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 2300 6 pm
15 Mercury is 2 degrees north of Venus. 0000 7 pm (Mar. 14)
15 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 0000 7 pm (Mar. 14)
16 Pluto appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 1200 7 am
20 FULL MOON 0500 12 am
20 Equinox 0800 3 am
22 Ceres, the largest asteroid, is at opposition, that is Ceres and the Sun are aligned on opposite sides of Earth. 0900 4 am
27 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit 1700 12 pm
28 LAST QUARTER 0000 7 pm (Mar. 27)
28 Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 28 degrees west of the Sun. 2100 4 pm
30 Neptune is 0 degrees 7 minutes north of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 1000 5 am
31 Uranus 1 degree 0 minutes north of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view by the Moon. 1200 7 am