Two new moons, both inner planets at greatest elongation, and the star in the lion's heart vanishes! Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending March 1, 2014
March has two new moons. The first is on the 1st. First quarter follows on the 8th, full moon on the 16th, and last quarter on the 24th. The second new moon of the month is on the 30th.
Both inner planets are at greatest elongation in the morning sky this month. Mercury is 27.6° from the sun on the 14th. This greatest elongation is best for viewers close to the equator and in low southern latitudes. Just a few days later on the 19th, Mercury is at aphelion. The planet will be 0.467 astronomical units (Earth-Sun distances) from the sun. Venus is at 46.6° from the sun on the 22nd. The moon will pass 3.4° north of Venus on the 27th and 5.9° north of Mercury on the 29th.
Mars is north of Spica all month, moving westward. The moon is in the neighborhood on the 18th and 19th. The red planet will be 4.8° north of the star on the 25th. If you have a telescope, watch ...