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Sun, Moon, and Stars: March 2001

Movement of the heavenly bodies: March 2001

 

March Calendar

Moon PhaseDayPhenomenonHour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1Saturn is 2 degrees north of the Moon.18001 pm
2Jupiter is 3 degrees north of the Moon.09004 am
3FIRST QUARTER02009 pm
(March 2)
4Mars is 5 degrees north of Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius.14009 am
7Venus appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion.11006 am
8The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.09004 am
9FULL MOON170012 noon
10Mercury is 0 degrees 1 minute north of Uranus.11006 am
11Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 27 degrees west of the Sun.06001 am
15Mars is 1 degree 8 minutes south of the Moon.21004 pm
16LAST QUARTER21004 pm
18Ceres, 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
18Pluto appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion.22005 pm
20The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit.11006 am
20Equinox14009 am
21Uranus is 3 degrees north of the Moon.14009 am
22Mercury is 2 degrees north of the Moon.18001 pm
25NEW MOON01008 pm
(March 24)
27Vesta, 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
29Saturn is 1 degree 7 minutes north of the Moon.040011 pm
(March 28)
29Jupiter is 2 degrees north of the Moon.21004 pm
30Venus is in inferior conjunction, that is, the Sun and the Earth are aligned on opposite sides of Venus.040011 pm
(March 29)