Sky Watch: March 2016

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Welcome to the March 2016 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s night sky highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets. 

Sky Watch March 2016

by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)

What’s up in March? Here are the highlights:

  • Saturn, in Ophiuchus all year, hovers to the right of the Moon early on the 2nd.
  • Venus floats to the Moon’s right on the 7th at dawn but is challengingly low.
  • On the 8th, Jupiter reaches “opposition” and is at its biggest and brightest of 2016. The Giant Planet is visible all night long, the brightest object to rise at dusk and straight overhead by midnight. It’s also closer to Earth today than at any other time of the year so it blazes bright! 
  • The new Moon on March 8 will pass in front of the Sun, to stage a total solar eclipse! This is not visible in North America, however, do not fear! We will broadcast the total eclipse LIVE! Click here for the free LIVE eclipse show on Tuesday, March 8!
  • Spring arrives with the equinox on March 19 or 20, depending on your time zone. See all equinox times on our first day of spring page.
  • Jupiter floats to the upper left of the Moon on the 21st.
  • The full Moon on the 23rd undergoes a partial eclipse before dawn for western United States and Canadian insomniacs.
  • Mars, now in Scorpius, forms a triangle with the Moon and dimmer Saturn on the 29th, a few hours before dawn.

For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Sky Map March 2016

skymap_january2016_0.pngUse our Sky Maps (Star Charts) to locate the stars, planets, and other objects in the sky. 

We offer printable sky maps, too, to help you know what you’re seeing when you look up!

Click here for our free March Sky Map!


The 2016 Old Farmer's Almanac

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