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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to March 2013

Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to March 2013

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of March, 2013:

March 4— Last Quarter Moon, 4:53 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

March 5 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth), 6:26 a.m.

March 10 — Daylight Savings Time begins. Turn clocks forward 1 hour.

March 10 — Comet PANSTARRS begins to pass into view.

March 11— New Moon, 3:51 p.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

March 18 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point to the Earth), 11:14 a.m.

March 19 — First Quarter Moon, 1:27 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

March 20 — Vernal Equinox, 7:02 a.m. The Sun crosses the Equator.

March 20 — Mars and Uranus make closest approach of two planets between 1990 and 2020. Unobservable due to angle from the Sun.

March 27 — Full Moon, 5:27 a.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.

March 30— Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth), 11:39 p.m.

March 30— Mercury at greatest elongation west.

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