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Sky Chart For The Month of March, 2019


ASTRONOMICAL BULLETIN FOR MARCH 2019

 

The Moon

 

New Moon occurs on 6th at h. 21-34 I.S.T.

First Quarter occurs on 14th at h. 15-57 I.S.T.

Full Moon occurs on 21st at h. 7-13 I.S.T.

Last Quarter occurs on 28th at h. 9-40 I.S.T.


The Lunar Crescent becomes first visible after the New Moon day in the evening of 7th.

The Moon is at Apogee or farthest from the Earth on 4th and at Perigee or nearest to the Earth on 20th.

The moon passes about ½º north of Saturn on 1st, about 1º south of Venus on 3rd, about 3º south of Neptune on 6th , about 8½º south of Mercury in the evening of 7th, about 5º south of Uranus on 10th, about 6º south of Mars on 11th , about 2° north of Jupiter on 27th  and about ½º south of Saturn on 29th.

 

The Earth

 

The Earth is at Vernal Equinox on 21st.

 

The Planets

Visibility of Planets:

 

Mercury:   The planet sets about 1½ hour to 1 hour after sunset upto 8th of the month. Thereafter it becomes too close to the Sun to be visible upto 20th of the month. Thereafter it again rises about ½ hour to 1 hour before sunrise for the remaining days of the month. The motion of the planet becomes Retrograde with respect to the Earth from 5th. The planet is in Inferior Conjunction with the Sun on 15th. The motion of the planet becomes Direct with respect to the Earth from 28th.

Venus: The planet rises about 2½ hours to 2 hours before sunrise upto third quarter of the month and about 2 hours to 1½ hours before it for the remaining days of the month.

Mars:  The planet sets about 2 hours to 2½ hours before local midnight throughout the month.

Jupiter: The planet rises about 1 hour to ½ hour after local midnight upto first quarter of the month, about ½ hour to close to it upto second quarter of the month, from close to local midnight time to 1 hour before it for the remaining days of the month. The planet is in Quadrature with the Sun on 14th.

Saturn: The planet rises about 3 hours to 2½ hours after local midnight time upto first quarter of the month, about 2½ hours to 2 hours after it upto second quarter of the month, about 2 hours to 1½ hours after it upto third quarter of the month and about 1½ hours to 1 hour after it for the remaining days of the month.

Uranus: The planet sets about 3½ hours to 3 hours after sunset upto first quarter of the month, about 3 hours to 2½ hours after it upto second quarter of the month, about 2½ hours to 2 hours after it upto third quarter of the month and about 2 hours to 1½ hours after it for the remaining days of the month.

Neptune:  The planet becomes too close to the Sun to be visible from the beginning of the month and remains so upto third quarter of the month. Thereafter it rises about 1 hour before sunrise for the remaining days of the month. The planet is in Conjunction with the Sun on 7th.

 

 Conjunction  of  Planet  :

Mercury passes about 3½º north of Neptune on 22nd.

 

Planets

Planets in Zodiacal Constellation

Magnitude

Mercury (Budha)

Moves from Pisces (Mina) to Aquarius (Kumbha) on 15th (Retrograde).

0.0 to +4.7

+4.7 to +1.0

Venus (Sukra)

Moves from Capricornus (Makara) to Aquarius (Kumbha) on 22nd.

-4.1 to -3.9

Mars (Mangal)

Moves from Aries (Mesha) to Taurus (Vrisha) on 22nd.

+1.1 to +1.4

Jupiter(Brihaspati)

Moves from Scorpion (Vrischika) to Sagittarius (Dhanus) on 29th.

-2.0 to - 2.2

Saturn(Sani)

Remains in Sagittarius (Dhanus).

+0.6

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.