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March Night Sky Astronomy (2022)

Published March 1, 2022 by Tim Trott in News

What to see in the March night sky including Moon phases, vernal equinox, planet guide and Deep Space Objects.

March Moon Phases

March's full moon is called the Worm moon after the worm trails that would appear in the newly thawed ground. Other names include chaste moon, death moon, crust moon and sap moon, after the tapping of the maple trees.

Full Moon and New Moon for March 2022

New Moon
New Moon
Thu 3rd Mar
First Quarter
First Quarter
Thu 10th Mar
Full Moon
Full Moon
Fri 18th Mar
Last Quarter
Last Quarter
Fri 25th Mar

Notable Events in March

20th of March is the March Equinox. The March equinox occurs at 15:24 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.

March Planets

Mercury will be visible in the evening sky from mid-February to early March, and in the morning from late March to early May.

Venus is always brilliant, shining with a steady, silvery light. Mornings in the eastern sky at dawn from early January through to mid-June.

Mars is visible in the night sky from January to mid-July, then shifts to the morning sky from mid Oct to the end of December.

Saturn is visible in the mornings from late January to early July, then in the evenings from July to December.

March Meteor Showers

There are no notable meteor showers in March.

March Deep Space Objects

February and March are good times to observe the Beehive cluster (M44) in Cancer as it will be high in the sky. It is visible with the naked eye from a dark site, and a superb star cluster to observe in a small telescope.

Leo Triplet and M45 Beehive Cluster in CancerLeo Triplet and M45 Beehive Cluster in Cancer

February and March is also prime time for the Leo triplet of galaxies. Sitting about halfway between the stars Chertan and Iota Leonis, the three galaxies are a sight to behold as they all fit within the field of view of a small telescope.

If you're just beginning to observe galaxies then Messier M81 - Bode's Galaxy, and Messier M82 - Cigar Galaxy - in the constellation of Ursa Major are a nice bright pair to track down. They are located very close to one another, about 2° east of the star 24 Ursae Majoris.

M81 and M82 LocationM81 and M82 Location

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