Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of March, 2014:
March 1— New Moon, 3:00 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.
March 1— Mars begins retrograde motion.
March 8 — First Quarter Moon, 8:27 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
March 9 — Daylight Savings Time begins. Turn clocks forward 1 hour.
March 11 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point to the Earth), 4:00 p.m.
March 16 — Full Moon, 1:08 p.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.
March 20 — Vernal Equinox, 12:57 p.m. The Sun crosses the Equator.
March 22— Venus at greatest elongation west.
March 24— Last Quarter Moon, 9:46 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
March 27 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth), 3:00 p.m.
March 30— New Moon, 2:45 p.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.