The name March comes from Latin Martius. March was first month of the earliest Roman calendar. Named for Mars, the Roman god of war Martius was also the guardian of agriculture and an ancestor of the Roman people. Martius remained the first month of the Roman calendar year until around 153 BC. The American colonies continued to use March 25 as the beginning of the year until 1752, when the Gregorian calendar (our calendar) was adopted. Many cultures and religions still start the year in March.
New Moon: March 1
First Quarter Moon: March 8
Farthest from Earth: March 11(251,881 miles mini Moon)
Full Moon: March 16
Last Quarter Moon: March 23
Closest to Earth: March 27 (227,238 miles super-size Moon)
March 30 New Moon (second New Moon of the month is sometimes called a Black Moon. February did not have a New Moon and January had two like March)
Jupiter: look south almost overhead
Morning before sunrise:
Venus will be visible in the southeast all month
Mercury visible low on the eastern horizon through mid-month
Saturn will be visible in the south southwest with a bright Mars to Saturn’s lower right. Both planets move to the west southwest by month’s end.
Mars is the very bright star dominating the southwest sky. Below Mars is the bright star Spica in the constellation Virgo. Saturn is left of the pair.
March 12: The Sun enters the astronomical constellation Pisces
March 20: The Sun enters the astrological sign Aries
March 9: North America starts Daylight Saving Time. Clocks are moved ahead one hour
March 20: The Vernal Equinox occurs at 10:57am.Spring starts in the northern hemisphere and Fall in the southern hemisphere
March 30: The European Union starts Summer Time (Daylight Saving Time)
No significant showers this month
March 8: Chamberlin Observatory Open House weather permitting. The observatory’s 20” telescope and telescopes belonging to members of the Denver Astronomical Society will be available for viewing. Click here for more information.
March 9: Early evening, the Moon is below Jupiter. Below the Moon is the bright Betelgeuse (beetle juice) in Orion. Below Betelgeuse is the bright star Rigel. Above Jupiter are the stars Pollux (left), and Castor (right) the Gemini twins.
March 19: Early morning before sunrise the Moon is left of Mars. The star below Mars is Spica in the constellation Virgo.
March 20-21 the Moon will be next to Saturn
March 27: Early morning before sunrise: A thin Crescent Moon will be next to Venus in the East.
March 29th, 1974 – NASA's probe Mariner 10 makes the first ever fly-by of Mercury.
March 27th, 1989 – Last Soviet probe Phobos 2 suffers a computer failure after orbiting Mars for two months. The failure prevents the probe from releasing two landers on the moon Phobos.
About Mr. Dave
Hi, my name is Mr. Dave. That’s what Larissa, Rick’s granddaughter, calls me. I have been interested in astronomy since childhood. I have been a member of the Denver Astronomical Society since 1977, and a Public Night presenter at DU’s historic Chamberlin Observatory since 1986. Like most all amateur astronomers I enjoy talking about astronomy and introducing people to the night sky. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing that “WOW” when someone looks through a telescope for the first time. The thing is you do not have to own a telescope to enjoy the night sky. Enjoying the night sky, at any level, is what it is all about. It may be as simple as finding Jupiter or identifying a bright star for the first time, watching a moonrise or moonset, noticing the seasonal changes of constellations, or observing the planets moving in their orbits. If you have the slightest interest in things astronomical join me here. I will keep simple, but be warned you could get hooked.
When told the reason for Daylight Saving time the old Indian said, "Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket."
Friends pick us up when we fall down, and if they can’t pick us up they lie down and listen for a while.