It’s March, somehow! While another month is here, causing us all to ponder the ceaseless march of time (no pun intended) the calendar shifting is not all bad news. After all, the new month means that there’s another set of opportunities to witness the sky getting really beautiful and really weird. It can be tough to keep track of all the sky happenings but luckily, we compiled a list of a few of the must-see sky moments happening in March.
Here is what you’ll want to see in the sky — and when you will want to head outside and give the stars a good looking.
Wednesday, March 3: Mars-Pleiades conjunction. On this evening, our neighboring planet will reach its closest conjunction with the blue-white stars of the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters. The conjunction should be easily viewable with binoculars and it’s definitely not something you’ll want to miss, as it won’t get this close again until 2038.
Saturday, March 6: Moon-Antares team-up. In the early hours on Saturday morning, the waning crescent moon is expected to line up with red Antares, which is the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. Antares is a red supergiant star, meaning it has about 15-18 times our sun’s mass. To spot this, you would need to be up before sunrise but if you are able to make it, it should be a phenomenal sight.
Saturday, March 13: New Moon. On Saturday morning, at approximately 5:21 am EST, the moon will officially reach its new phase. While the moon is traveling between the earth and the sun, it will not be visible, since sunlight only reaches the far side of the moon.
Tuesday, March 16: Young Moon Crescent under Uranus. As the young crescent moon begins to emerge, it will coincide with the moon being positioned under Uranus on the evening of March 16. Typically, the moon being so close to Uranus would make the planet less visible but the fact that it is crescent should dim its illumination enough where you may be able to spot Uranus.
Friday, March 19: Moon and Mars nearly cross paths. On Friday evening, Mars will appear to be in close proximity to the waxing crescent Moon. They should be viewable in the southwestern sky after dusk (though you may want binoculars) and the two will eventually set together in the western sky at around 1 am.
Sunday, March 28: Worm Moon. The Worm Moon is the name for March’s full moon and it is absolutely the must-see sky event of the month and will reach its peak illumination at 2:48 pm EST.