Observing Highlights for March 2018
(evening sky) at 6h UT.
at 0:51 UT.
1.1° NW of Venus
(13° from Sun, evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. −1.2 and
(morning sky) at 2h UT.
(morning sky) at 9h UT. Mag. −2.2.
(morning sky) at 18h UT.
at 11:22 UT.
(84° from Sun, morning sky) at 1h UT. Mag. 0.7.
(72° from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. 0.5.
(farthest from Earth) at 9h UT (distance 404,678 km; angular
at greatest elongation east
(18° from Sun, evening sky) at 15h UT. Mag. −0.3.
at 13:13 UT. Start of lunation 1178.
(17° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mercury nearby. Mags.
−3.9 and 0.3.
3.8° from Venus
(18° from Sun, evening sky) at 8h UT. Moon nearby. Mags. 0.5
at 16:15 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point along the
ecliptic where it crosses into the northern celestial hemisphere
marking the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and
autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.
near the Pleiades
at 6h UT (evening sky).
(evening sky) at 23h UT.
at 15:13 UT.
(closest to Earth) at 18h UT (369,106 km; angular size 32.4').
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)