Astronomy Sky Diary 2017

Welcome to our monthly Sky Review. Here you will find some of the main Astronomical Events for the month ahead.

March 2017

  • March 12 - Full Moon occurs at 14:54 GMT.
  • March 20 - March Equinox occurs at 10:29 GMT. The Sun will overhead on the Earth's equator giving near equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also noted to be the first day of spring (the vernal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere. It also represents the first day of Autumn (or Fall) - also called the autumnal equinox - in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • March 28 - New Moon occurs at 02:58 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
  • Comet 41P/Tittle-Giacobini-Kresak is situated in the constellation of Leo. After sunset, the comet is about 30 degrees above the horizon and is brightening. It is expected to get brighter than 10th magnitude. As the comet is in the Spring constellation of Leo, the comet is ideally situated for observing/photography northern hemisphere (and UK) astronomers. More details can be found at the Comet Watch website HERE.


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