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Sky Chart For The Month of March, 2021

 

ASTRONOMICAL BULLETIN FOR MARCH 2021

 

The Moon

 

   Last Quarter occurs on 6th  at h. 07–00 I.S.T

   New Moon occurs on 13th   at h. 15–51 I.S.T

   First Quarter occurs on 21st at h. 20–10 I.S.T

Full Moon occurs on 29th at h. 00–18 I.S.T


The Lunar Crescent becomes first visible after the New Moon day in the evening of 14th.

The Moon is at Perigee or nearest to the Earth on 2nd and at Apogee or farthest from the Earth on 18th.

The Moon passes about 3½º south of Saturnin the early hours of 10th and about 4º south of Jupiteron 10th, about 3½º south of Mercury on 11th, about 4º south of Venus and about 4½º south of Neptune on 13th, about 2½º south of Uranus on 17th and about 2º south of Mars before midnight of 19th.

 

The Earth 

The Earth is at Vernal Equinox on 20th. 

The Planets

Visibility of Planets:

 

Mercury: The planet rises about 1½ hours to 1 hour before sunrise and remains visible till the beginning of morning twilight throughout the month. It is in Greatest Western Elongation of about 27º from the Sun on 6thThe planet is in Aphelion position or farthest from the Sun on 14th.

Venus: The planet is too close to the sun to be visible throughout the month, being in Superior Conjunction with the Sun on 26th.

Mars: The planet sets about ½ hour before local midnight time to 1½ hours before it throughout the month. 

JupiterThe planet rises before sunrise and remains visible till the beginning of morning twilight throughout the month. It rises about 1 hour to 1½ hours before sunrise upto first quarter of the month, about 1½ hours to 2 hours before it upto thirdquarter of the month and about 2 hours to 2½ hours before it for the remaining days of the month.

Saturn: The planet rises before sunrise and remains visible till the beginning of morning twilight throughout the month. It rises about 1½ hours to 2 hours before sunrise upto first quarter of the month, about 2 hours to 2½ hours before it upto third quarter of the month and about 2½ hours to 3 hours before it for the remaining days of the month.

Uranus: The planet sets before local midnight throughout the month. It sets about 2 hours to 2½ hours before it upto first quarter of the month, about 2½ hours to 3 hours before it upto second quarter of the month and about 3 hours to 4 hours before it for the remaining days of the month.

Neptune: The planet is too close to the Sun to be visible from the beginning of the month and remains so for the remaining days of the month, being in Conjunction with the Sun on 11th

 

Conjunction  of  Planet  : 

Mercury passes about ½º north of Jupiter on 5th.

Venus passes about ½º south of Neptune on 14th.

Mars passes about 7º north of Aldebaran (Rohini) on 23rd.

Mercury passes about 1½º south of Neptune on 30th.


 

Planets

Planets in Zodiacal Constellation

Magnitude

Mercury (Budha)

Moves from Capricornus (Makara) to Aquarius (Kumbha) on 11th.

+0.2 to -0.5

Venus (Sukra)

Moves from Aquarius (Kumbha) to Pisces (Mina) on 17th.

–3.9 to –4.0

Mars (Mangala)

Remains in Taurus (Vrisha).

+0.9 to +1.2

Jupiter(Brihaspati)

Remains in. Capricornus (Makara).

  –2.0 

Saturn(Sani)

Remains in Capricornus (Makara).

+0.7 to +0.8

Uranus

Remains in Aries (Mesha).

+6.0

Neptune

Remains in Aquarius (Kumbha).

+8.0



 

Source : : Director

Positional Astronomy Centre

India Meteorological Department

SaltLake, Kolkata - 700 091.