March is a great time to observe several prominent celestial objects and events in the night sky Here you will find information about all the visible planets, comets, meteor showers and special celestial events in March 2023.
March 1: Venus and Jupiter Conjunction
On March 1, Venus and Jupiter are impressively close to each other, low in the western sky 40 minutes after sunset, creating the best conjunction of the year.
On March 2, Venus and Jupiter visibly separate. During March, Jupiter sinks lower while Venus rises a little higher each night.
March 7: The Full Worm Moon
On March 7, the Full Worm Moon reaches its maximum illumination at 7:42 AM. m. EST, 4:42 AM m. PST or 12:42 GMT.
March 12: Daylight Saving Time Begins
Daylight saving time begins on March 12. It’s time to jump forward! Since this is a Sunday at 2 am, you may want to make sure all clocks are turned forward on Saturday night, March 11. Sunsets now occur one minute later each night as we approach the vernal equinox on March 20.
March 14: Third Quarter Moon
On March 14, look up at the Third Quarter Moon at 10:10 p.m. EDT or 7:10 p.m.
March 20: Spring Equinox
Spring begins with the vernal equinox on the afternoon of the 20th at 5:24 p.m. EDT. This marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of autumn in the southern hemisphere.
March 21: New Moon
On Tuesday, March 21, the Moon appears absent from the sky. However, it is simply hidden from view at night. This is a perfect night for stargazing.
March 22: New Moon Meets Jupiter
March 22, look for just after sunset for a subtle yet magical sight. The very young Moon is just a thin crescent and hangs just above bright Jupiter on the western horizon.
March 23 and 24: Moon and Venus
The crescent moon hangs below Venus on the 23rd and above it on the 24th.
March 28: Moon and Mars
Here are some astronomical events and objects to look out for in the night sky during March 2023:
- Venus: Venus will be visible in the west after sunset throughout the month of March. Look for the bright, white object low on the horizon just after the sun goes down.
- Mars: Mars will be visible in the early morning hours before sunrise, in the constellation Gemini. Look for a reddish-orange object near the constellation’s bright stars, Castor and Pollux.
- Jupiter: Jupiter will be visible in the eastern sky just before sunrise. Look for a bright object that is larger and brighter than any of the stars in the sky.
- Saturn: Saturn will also be visible in the early morning hours, in the constellation Sagittarius. Look for a yellowish object near the bright star Antares.
- Full Worm Moon: The full moon in March is traditionally called the Worm Moon because this is the time of year when earthworms start to emerge from the ground. This year’s full Worm Moon will occur on March 14.
- Spring Equinox: The first day of spring (in the northern hemisphere) occurs on March 20th, which is also known as the spring equinox. On this day, the length of day and night are approximately equal all over the world.
- Conjunction of Venus and Mars: On March 25, Venus and Mars will be in conjunction, meaning they will appear very close together in the sky. Look for the two planets low in the western sky after sunset.
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