Events for March 2015

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for March 2015. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours. To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in Definitions.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for March 2015
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        (h:m)
Mar 03  07:56  Jupiter 5.5°N of Moon
Mar 04  14:29  Regulus 4.0°N of Moon
Mar 05  07:35  Moon at Apogee: 406386 km
Mar 05  18:05  FULL MOON 
Mar 06  20     Mercury at Aphelion 
Mar 07  21:04  Moon at Ascending Node 
Mar 08  22:21  Spica 3.4°S of Moon
Mar 12  08:25  Saturn 2.3°S of Moon
Mar 13  17:48  LAST QUARTER MOON 
Mar 19  04:57  Mercury 5.2°S of Moon
Mar 19  19:38  Moon at Perigee: 357584 km
Mar 20  09:36  NEW MOON 
Mar 20  09:46  Total Solar Eclipse; mag=1.045
Mar 20  22:45  Vernal Equinox 
Mar 21  02:19  Moon at Descending Node 
Mar 21  22:13  Mars 1.0°N of Moon: Occultation
Mar 22  19:51  Venus 2.8°N of Moon
Mar 25  06:55  Aldebaran 0.9°S of Moon
Mar 27  07:43  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Mar 30  10:19  Jupiter 5.6°N of Moon
Mar 31  20:45  Regulus 4.0°N of Moon

As the events above transpire, I will post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for eight time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Atlantic Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Eastern Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Central Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Mountain Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Pacific Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Alaska Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Hawaii Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For detailed information on solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2015.

The Calendars of Astronomical Events were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak