What's Up?

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The night sky this month - March 2020

This page shows a brief summary of what interesting things we can see in the sky this month.  

A more detailed version of 'What's Up' this month is available as a downloadable Word document right at the bottom of this page. 

The Moon

The phases of the Moon are as follows:

  • First Quarter - 1st March
  • Full - 9th March
  • Last Quarter - 16th March
  • New - 24th March

Darkest Skies due to the lack of moonlight are from the 21st to the 27th of the month.

Mercury

Not really visible this month, as it's too close to the Sun.

Venus

Venus is brilliant all evening, getting higher and setting between 10:00 pm and 12:00 pm.

Mars

Mars rises around 4:00 am, and conjoins with the Moon and Jupiter on 20th March, and Saturn on 30th March.

Jupiter

Jupiter will be a morning object, rising at around 4:00 am on 1st March. It will be near Mars on 20th March.

Saturn

Saturn will be rising at around 6:00 am on 1st March. It will be near Mars on 30th March.

Uranus

Uranus will be an evening object near Venus.

Neptune

Due to solar conjunction, it will be lost behind the Sun this month.

Other Events

20/03/2020 - Vernal Equinox

The Sun moves North of the Celestial Equator on 20th March. Hooray, it's Spring!


29/03/2020 - British Summer Time begins

Put your clocks forward an hour.



Downloads

The detailed version of What's Up this month (March 2020) is available below by clicking the link: