A total solar eclipse, the March equinox, another moon-Aldebaran occultation, Dawn at Ceres, and more. Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending March 7, 2015
The big event this month is a total solar eclipse. The path of totality begins in the Atlantic Ocean south of the tip of Greenland, curves around Iceland to the southeast, crosses Spitzbergen Island in the Arctic, then ends at the North Pole. Partial phases are visible as far south as northern Africa and as far east as central Russia and Mongolia. The longest totality will occur east of Iceland for 2 minutes, 48 seconds.
The solar eclipse occurs on the same day as the March equinox which is at 22:46 UT.
In our night sky, Venus remains close above Mars at the start of the month. Uranus is above them. Venus passes 0.1° from the 8th planet on the 4th. That will be a great time to spot Uranus in a telescope. Venus continues upward. So does Mars. The red planet passes 0.3° from Uranus on the 11th.
A thin crescent moon passes Mars on the 22nd and then Venus the next night. Uranus disappears into the sunset as it ...