Events for March 2016

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for March 2016. 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 2016
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        (h:m)
Mar 01  23:11  LAST QUARTER MOON 
Mar 02  06:53  Saturn 3.6°S of Moon
Mar 07  10:54  Venus 3.5°S of Moon
Mar 08  10     Jupiter at Opposition 
Mar 09  01:54  NEW MOON 
Mar 09  01:57  Total Solar Eclipse; mag=1.045
Mar 09  06:31  Moon at Descending Node 
Mar 10  07:02  Moon at Perigee: 359509 km
Mar 14  13:44  Aldebaran 0.3°S of Moon
Mar 15  17:03  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Mar 20  04:31  Vernal Equinox 
Mar 20  14     Venus at Aphelion 
Mar 20  19:05  Regulus 2.5°N of Moon
Mar 22  03:57  Jupiter 2.1°N of Moon
Mar 22  12:59  Moon at Ascending Node 
Mar 23  11:47  Penumbral Lunar Eclipse; mag=0.775
Mar 23  12:01  FULL MOON 
Mar 23  20     Mercury at Superior Conjunction 
Mar 25  01:50  Spica 5.1°S of Moon
Mar 25  14:16  Moon at Apogee: 406125 km
Mar 28  18:45  Mars 4.2°S of Moon
Mar 29  14:58  Saturn 3.5°S of Moon
Mar 31  15:17  LAST QUARTER MOON 

As the events above transpire, I will occassionally 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 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Atlantic Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Eastern Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Central Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Mountain Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Pacific Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Alaska Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Hawaii Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For detailed information on solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2016.

For detailed information on the transit of Mercury this year, see: 2016 Transit of Mercury.

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



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