Celestial events of March

This year, on March 20, two important astronomical events occur at once — the vernal equinox and the maximum western elongation of Venus.

Venus in the morning sky. Source: Astronomy.com

March 2

  • Mercury and Saturn are in conjunction(0.5° south)
  • Luna nova (dark moon)

March 5

  • Sun and Jupiter are in conjunction

March 7

  • The Moon is 3° south of Uranus (5,8ᵐ)

March 9

  • The Moon is 6° north of Aldebaran (α Taurus, 0.8ᵐ)

March 10

  • The Moon is in the phase of the first quarter
  • The Moon is at its apogee (404,267 km from the center of the Earth)

March 13

  • Neptune and the Sun are in conjunction

March 16

  • The Moon is 4° north of Regulus (α Leo, 1,3ᵐ)
  • Venus and Mars are in conjunction (4° north)

March 18

  • Luna nova (dark moon)

March 20

  • The vernal equinox
  • Venus in the greatest western elongation (46.6°)

March 23

  • The Moon is 4° north of Antares (α Scorpio, 1,3ᵐ)
  • The Moon is at perigee (369,762 km from the center of the Earth)

March 25

  • The Moon is in the last quarter phase

March 28

  • The Moon is 4° south of Mars (1.1ᵐ) and 8° south of Venus (-4.3ᵐ)

March 29

  • Venus and Saturn are in conjunction (2° north)