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Sky Highlights and NEKAAL Events for MARCH 2016

  • March 8 – New Moon
  • March 15 – First Quarter
  • March 23 – Full Moon
  • March 24 – General Meeting, Topeka Library, 7 pm. Join us!
  • March 31 – Last Quarter

PLANETS in March 2016

Evening Sky:

  • Mercury – in west
  • Uranus – in west
  • Jupiter – in east


  • Jupiter – in south

Morning Sky:

  • Neptune – in east
  • Venus – in east
  • Mars – in south
  • Jupiter – in west
  • Saturn – in south

CONSTELLATIONS well placed in evening during March 2016

North to South, at 9-10 pm:

  • Ursa Minor, the Little Bear, also the Little Dipper
  • Camelopardalis, the Giraffe
  • Perseus, the King of Mycenae and slayer of monsters
  • Auriga, the Charioteer
  • Gemini, the Twins
  • Canis Minor, the smaller dog
  • Orion, the Hunter
  • Canis Major, the bigger dog

SKY EXTRAS in March 2016

  • Vernal Equinox, the astronomical beginning of Spring, is at 11:30 pm on March 19. For you astronomy wonks: this is when the sun's Right Ascension is exactly Zero.
  • Around midnight, March 21, very bright Jupiter and the even brighter moon pass within 2 degrees of each other.
  • Also on March 21, from twilight to about 10:30 pm, Jupiter will show shadows of two of its major moon. You'll need at least a small telescope, but around 10 pm Jupiter will be high in the sky for great viewing.
  • Comet Catalina C/2013 US10 will fade rapidly but will still be visible in binoculars all month of March, relatively high in early evenings, in the constellation Camelopardalis.
  • No great meteor showers this month.