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Sun, Moon, and Stars: March 2001

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. 1800 1 pm
2 Jupiter is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 0900 4 am
3 FIRST QUARTER 0200 9 pm
(March 2)
4 Mars is 5 degrees north of Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius. 1400 9 am
7 Venus appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 1100 6 am
8 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 0900 4 am
9 FULL MOON 1700 12 noon
10 Mercury is 0 degrees 1 minute north of Uranus. 1100 6 am
11 Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 27 degrees west of the Sun. 0600 1 am
15 Mars is 1 degree 8 minutes south of the Moon. 2100 4 pm
16 LAST QUARTER 2100 4 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. 0700 2 am
18 Pluto appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 2200 5 pm
20 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 1100 6 am
20 Equinox 1400 9 am
21 Uranus is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 1400 9 am
22 Mercury is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 1800 1 pm
25 NEW MOON 0100 8 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. 0700 2 am
29 Saturn is 1 degree 7 minutes north of the Moon. 0400 11 pm
(March 28)
29 Jupiter is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 2100 4 pm
30 Venus is in inferior conjunction, that is, the Sun and the Earth are aligned on opposite sides of Venus. 0400 11 pm
(March 29)