The crescent Moon appears above the west horizon on March 3rd and for next week it brightens toward first quarter. With the Full Moon appearing on March 18, the middle half of the month will be bright throughout the night. Don’t forget that Daylight Saving’s kicks in on the early morning of the 13th. Of course you don’t really save any time. You just get to sleep in and extra hour in the morning, then pay it back in the evening when you go to bed an hour earlier. And, the official start of spring is at 11:33 EDT on March 20. Does it look and feel like spring? For the last half of the month, the Pleiades Star Cluster will be halfway up the sky in the evening. It’s a fine object to view with binoculars, accompanied by the Hyades Cluster 13-degrees southeast.
2 New Moon
4 Star Sirius on meridian at about 8 pm
10 1st Qtr.Moon, Moon at Apogee 18:04
12 Sun enters Picses, 22:08
13 Daylight Saving Time begins at 02:00 Local time
18 Full Moon
20 Spring Equinox 11:33, Venus Max. Elongation in Evening Sky
23 Moon at Perigee 19:37
25 Last Qtr. Moon
PROMINENT CONSTELLATIONS (Winter)
OTTAWA CORRECTION TABLES
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