The first month of spring has a lot in store for stargazers and lunatics in the sky. What will happen in the sky in March 2020, the inclined readership learns in this article. There is a lot going on, because Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Uranus will be visible in the sky alongside the Pleiades, Hyades and Orion.
The moon in March
Let's start with the phases of the moon in March. Many holidays and calendar events are based on the moon, because many peoples have celebrated their religions on the basis of lunar events.
Crescent in the sky in March
We experienced the new moon of the current lunation ( lunation refers to the variable time span for an orbit of the moon around the earth, related to its position to the sun, and thus the synodic period of the moon.) on 23.02.2020. Since the observation of stars and planets works particularly well on a new moon night, it was rainy and cloudy on this Sunday.
The crescent moon in its increasing form can be observed in the sky on 02.03.2020 at around 20:57. We will experience the waning crescent moon on 16.03.2020 at 10:34 am.
Full moon in March
After the snow moon did not bring us snow in February , the Lenzmond or worm moon is announced in March. But the full moon has other beautiful names in March. It is also called fasting month, crow moon, sugar moon, syrup moon, bark moon, chaste moon and Lenzing.
Supermoon in the sky in March
When the Lenzmond rises above the horizon at east-northeast on March 9 at around 5:52 pm, I will have looked for a nice place, because it is the first supermoon of the year. Especially at moonrise, the difference is clearly visible.
At Supermoon, the Moon is particularly close to Earth and thus appears 14% larger than usual. This is because our Trabant is about 45,000 km closer than usual. To touch the moon, the inclined readership still has to overcome 360,000 km.
Lunation 1203 begins with the new moon on 24.03.2020. It will be another day when the stars will be particularly good to observe – if it does not rain. If you observe this new moon (very narrow crescent), you have to look very closely. It is a mini new moon that appears in the sky in March. With 406,692 km, the moon can be found at 16:23 clock at the furthest point from Earth.
Venus and Uranus make the beginning
Currently, Venus is a constant easily recognizable guest in the sky. In March, our neighbor will meet with Uranus. If you want to attend this date, look at the western horizon on March 8 at 6:42 pm. At this time, Venus is what appears to be the brightest star in the sky. On the left, just below Venus, Uranus will pay us our respects in the sky in March 2020. Around 10:00 p.m., the two disappear behind the horizon.
When the two are gone, the Pleiades will be visible in good visibility.
Moon and Mars in the sky in March
In the sky in March, the planets play an important role. On March 18, 2020, in the early morning hours from 4:28 a.m. on the southeastern horizon, in addition to Saturn and Jupiter, Mars will also appear together with the moon. At 5:51 a.m., both will be visible 13° above the southeastern horizon.
Friday, 20.03.2020 at 4:50 am it's time! At this time, day and night are almost the same length at every point of our wonderful planet Earth.
While in the northern hemisphere we refer to the March Aquinox as the Spring Aquinoxe, our fellow human beings in the Southern Hemisphere refer to this time as the Autumn Aquinctium.
Mars and Jupiter
So that the equinox does not have to inspire us so lonely, Mars and Jupiter meet at 03:49 a.m. on the southeastern horizon of the sky in March. At 05:47 the two planets can be seen 14° above the horizon. Not far from Mars and Jupiter, Saturn joins them.
Mercury and Venus
On March 24, shortly after 6:00 a.m., Mercury can be clearly seen in the zodiac sign of Aquarius. Since at this time the sun already shows its rays, I advise my inclined readership to look east-southeast from about 5:30 am.
Our neighbor, Venus, appears on the evening of the same day from 18:33 clock above the horizon in a west-southwest direction. Around 10:50 p.m., the goddess of love sets on the west-northwest horizon.