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We’re not going to lie to you, reader: the March skies don’t promise much excitement. In fact, the month will be marked by quite a few astronomical events, with a particular focus on the Moon.
In any case, it is worth paying attention to the dates so as not to miss any of these phenomena. Check the calendar prepared before Chalk Brazil:
March 2 – conjunction of Jupiter and Venus
On the second day of March, it will already be possible to observe the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in the sky. This approach will be visible across the planet, with the planets diverging as the month progresses.
Venus will be the brighter planet of the two, visible shortly after sunset. On the other hand, Jupiter will appear best in the dark night – when the sky becomes dark, the celestial body lights up.
Over the course of the month, Jupiter will be very close to the Sun, and it will disappear in the eyes of observers. Venus will gradually move away from the star, becoming Evening star in the western sky.
March 7 – Full Moon
The moon will reach its fullest phase on March 7. On history, the satellite will be located on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, with its face fully illuminated.
If you are one of those people who love to sign the moon, now is the perfect time. No expensive equipment needed: You can take good satellite photos with just your smartphone. Learn how to do this In this text from Chalk Brazil.
March 20 – vernal equinox
March 20th will mark the autumnal equinox in the southern hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere. The event must take place at 6:17 PM (Brasilia time).
At the time in question, sunlight will fall directly on the equator, allowing all regions of the globe to receive approximately the same number of hours of light.
This phenomenon even explains the name “equinox”. The word is derived from the Latin and means “equal nights”.
March 21 – New Moon
On March 21, the moon should enter its new phase, disappearing into the night sky. In history, the satellite will be on the same side of the Earth as the Sun, and therefore not visible.
Don’t get discouraged. Although the Moon cannot be seen, this is the best time of the month to observe faint objects, such as galaxies and star clusters, since there is no light from the satellite to interfere. It is worth taking telescope out of the closet.
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