Top Astronomy Events of March 2022
March 2nd – New Moon
Jumping right into the month with great opportunities for viewing, there will be no lunar interference on this night, and minimal interference on the few days before and after this date. This will be the best time of the month to observe fainter objects such galaxies and star clusters. For all those looking to get into astrophotography, this is your night to image!
March 18th – Full Moon
The moon will be fully illuminated on this night. This full moon was known as the “Worm Moon” by early Native American tribes, due to the fact that it appears around the time of year where the ground begins to soften, and earthworms begin to reappear. The full Moon of March has also been known as the Crow Moon, the Crust Moon, the Sap Moon, and the Lenton Moon.
March 20th – March Equinox
The March equinox occurs approximately at 15:24 UTC. An equinox occurs twice a year when the sun crosses the celestial equator, when day and night are of approximately equal length. This day marks the first day of Spring (vernal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of autumn (autumnal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.
March 27th – Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
The Moon and Mars will share the same right ascension and will be in conjunction with each other. The two objects will be slightly too far apart to fit within the view of a telescope, but they will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
March 28th – Conjunction of the Moon with Venus and Saturn
The Moon and Venus will be in conjunction with each other on this day. Additionally, the Moon will share the same right ascension with Saturn as well! This night is near the end of the lunar cycle, meaning that there will be minimal lunar interference making this night optimal for viewing. For both conjunctions, the planets and the Moon will be too far apart to fit within the same field of view of a telescope, but they will both be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
March 29th– Conjunction of Saturn and Venus
On the morning of the 29th, Saturn and Venus will share the same right ascension and will be in conjunction. Much like a few hours prior, the two planets will be too far apart to fit within the same field of view of a telescope, but they will both be visible to the naked eye or through a pair ofbinoculars.
That sums up the top astronomy events of March 2022! What did we miss? Which event are you looking forward to the most? Is there anything you would like to add? Let us know in the comments below or Contact Us. Our experts are readily available to answer any specific question!
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