By Heather Durham | February 29, 2020
Hi there everyone and welcome to the March Edition of Celestial Seasonings 2020! March is the month during which we transition from winter into spring. We will change the time on March 8, and spring will begin on March 19. As I sit here writing this today in late February, the Sun is shining brightly and my thermometer says 55 degrees. Time to put down my tech gadgets and go outside for a Sunday afternoon stroll.
Happy reading my friends and I hope you find the many delights offered to us well worth the wait and astronomical show. Now let’s begin our journey into the night skies of March 2020 …
March 2. LC2602, an open star cluster from the Constellation Carina will display. The Moon phase will be the first quarter.
March 6. M44, our prolific Beehive Cluster will closely approach the Moon.
March 8. Clocks are to Spring forward at 2 AM (or before you go to bed Saturday, March 7, or after you wake up Sunday, March 8). Neptune may be seen at the opposite side of the Sun from the Earth in the evening (Wikipedia, 2019).
March 10. NGC3532, from the Constellation Carina is also referred to as the Pincushion, Football, or Wishing Well open cluster will be visible (Wikipedia, 2019).
March 11. The Moon will orbit its furthest point from the sun.
March 14. y-Normid meteor shower from the Constellation Norma will be visible.
March 15. Asteroid 27 Euterpe, a minor planet designation will reach its highest point in the sky close to midnight.
March 16. This date will bring the last quarter of the Moon.
March 18. The Moon, along with Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will rise closely to one another.
March 22. Half of Mercury will be visible.
March 23. Mars and Pluto will rise together and be close to each other.
March 24. Venus will go to its furthest point from the sun. There will be a new moon which may appear smaller then normal for it will be at it’s farthest point from the Earth.
March 26. Venus will reach its highest point in the evening sky. 136472 Makemake, a minor planet designation will be visible most notably near midnight. Half of Venus will be visible. (in-the-sky.org, 2020).
March 27. Mercury will be as far away from the Sun as it ever goes.
March 28. The Moon and Venus will rise close to each other.
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in-the-sky.org. (2020) Makemake. Retrieved from in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20200210_11_101
Wikipedia. (2020, February 24). Daylight Saving Time in the United States. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time_in_the_United_States
Wikipedia. (2019, December). NGC3532. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NGC3532
Wikipedia. (2019, October). Solar Conjunction. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/solar.conjunction