Sky Chart For The Month of March, 2018


ASTRONOMICAL BULLETIN FOR MARCH 2018

 

The Moon

 

Full Moon occurs on 2nd at h. 6-21 I.S.T.

Last Quarter occurs on 9th at h. 16-50 I.S.T.

New Moon occurs on 17th at h. 18-42 I.S.T.

First Quarter occurs on 24th at h. 21-05 I.S.T.

Full Moon occurs on 31st at h. 18-07 I.S.T.


The Lunar Crescent becomes first visible after the New Moon day in the evening of 18th.

The Moon is at Apogee or farthest from the Earth on 11th and at Perigee or nearest to the Earth on 26th.

The moon passes about 4º north of Jupiter on 7th, about 4º north of Mars on 10th, about 2º north of Saturn on 11th , about 2º south of Neptune on 16th, about 7½º south of Mercury on 18th, about 3½º south of Venus and about 4½º south of Uranus on 19th.

 

The Earth

 

The Earth is at Vernal Equinox on 20th.

 

The Planets

Visibility of Planets:

 

Mercury:   The planet is too close to the Sun to be visible on 1st of the month. Thereafter it sets about 1 hour after sunset upto 26th of the month. Thereafter it becomes too close to the Sun to be visible again for the remaining days of the month. The planet is in Perihelion position or nearest to the Sun on 10th. The planet is in Greatest Eastern Elongation of about 18º from the Sun on 15th and its motion becomes Retrograde with respect to the Earth from 23rd.

Venus: The planet is a brilliant object visible in the western sky.  It sets about 1 hour to 1½ hours after sunset during the month.

Mars:  The planet rises about 1 hour to ½ hour after local midnight time upto third quarter of the month and from ½ hour after local midnight time to close to it for the remaining days of the month. The planet is in Quadrature with the Sun on 24th.

Jupiter: The planet rises about 1 hour to 1½ hours before local midnight time upto first quarter of the month, about 1½ hours to 2 hours before it upto second 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. The motion of the planet becomes Retrograde with respect to the Earth from 9th.

Saturn: The planet rises about 2 hours after local midnight time to 1½ hours after it upto second quarter of the month, about 1½ hours to 1 hour after it upto third quarter of the month and about 1 hour to ½ hour after it for the remaining days of the month. The planet is in Quadrature with the Sun on 29th.

Uranus: The planet sets about 3½ hours to 3 hours after sunset upto first quarter of the month, about 3 hours to 2 hours after it upto second quarter of the month and about 2 hours to 1 hour after it for the remaining days of the month.

Neptune:  The planet is too close to the Sun to be visible 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 4th.

 

 Conjunction  of  Planet  :

Mercury passes about 1½º north of Venus on 5th.

Mercury passes about 4º north of Venus on 18th.

Venus passes about ½º south of Uranus on 29th.

 

Planets

Planets in Zodiacal Constellation

Magnitude

Mercury (Budha)

Moves from Aquarius (Kumbha) to Pisces (Mina) on 3rd.

-1.4 to -0.7

-0.7 to +3.7 

Venus (Sukra)

Moves from Aquarius (Kumbha) to Pisces (Mina) on 2nd.                 

Moves from Pisces (Mina) to Aries (Mesha) on 26th.

-3.9

Mars (Mangal)

Moves from Scorpion (Vrischika) to Sagittarius (Dhanus) on 7th.

+0.9 to +0.4

Jupiter(Brihaspati)

        Remains in Libra (Tula).  

-2.1 to - 2.3

Saturn(Sani)

Remains in Sagittarius (Dhanus).

+0.6 to +0.5

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.