Main astronomical events of March 2023

On the second day of March, from the point of view of ground observers, Venus will appear in the sky not far from Jupiter. The maximum apparent approach of the planets will take place at about 8 a.m., GMT+2, and it will be difficult to observe them at this moment. But after lunch, when they come to the upper culmination, you can try to find them in the daytime sky with a telescope and even a small binoculars. When evening twilight begins in Ukraine, the celestial bodies will already “disperse” up to 40 angular minutes.

Conjunction of Venus with Jupiter

On March 20, the vernal equinox will come. This means that the center of the solar disk in its movement along the ecliptic will cross the celestial equator and move from the Southern Hemisphere of the sky to the Northern. On the same day, Ceres — the nearest dwarf planet and the largest body of the Main Asteroid Belt — will confront. On the night of March 25-26, daylight saving time will take place: the countries of Europe (except Russia and Belarus) and North America move the clock forward one hour.

March 2

  • Venus (-4.0ᵐ) is 0.5° north of Jupiter (-2.1ᵐ)

March 3

  • The Moon is 3° south of Pollux (α Gemini, 1,2ᵐ)
  • The Moon is at its apogee, 405890 km from the center of the Earth

March 6

  • The Moon is 3° north of Regulus (α Leo, 1,3ᵐ)

March 7

  • Full moon

March 10

  • The Moon is 4° north of Spica (α Virgo, 1.0ᵐ)

March 14

  • The Moon is 1° north of Antares (α Scorpius, 1.0ᵐ)

March 15

  • The Moon is in the final fourth phase
  • Neptune in conjunction with the Sun

March 17

  • Mercury is in superior conjunction with the Sun

March 19

  • The Moon is at perigee, 362697 km from the center of the Earth

March 20

  • Vernal equinox
  • Dwarf planet Ceres (1 Ceres, 6,9ᵐ) in opposition

March 21

  • New Moon

March 22

  • The Moon is 3° south of Jupiter (-2.1ᵐ)

March 24

  • The Moon is 4° east of Venus and 4° west of Uranus

March 28

  • The Moon is 2° north of Mars (0.9ᵐ)

March 29

  • The Moon s in the phase of the first quarter

March 30

  • Venus (-4.0ᵐ) is 1° north of Uranus (5.8ᵐ)
  • The Moon is 4° south of Pollux

March 31

  • The Moon is at its apogee, 405920 km from the center of the Earth

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