Mon., March 4, 4:53 p.m. EST. The last or third quarter moon rises around 12:30 a.m. and sets around 10:30 a.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.
Mon., March 11, 3:51 p.m. EDT. The moon is not visible on the date of new moon because it is too close to the sun, but can be seen low in the east as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the west an evening or two after new moon.
Tue., March 19, 1:27 p.m. EDT. The first quarter moon rises around 11 a.m. and sets around 1:30 a.m. It dominates the evening sky.
Tue., March 27, 5:27 a.m. EDT. The full moon of March is called the Storm Moon. Its Cree name is Migisupizum, meaning “eagle moon.” Other names are Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sugar Moon, Sap Moon, Chaste Moon, Death Moon, Worm Moon and Lenten Moon. In Hindi it is known as Basanta Purnima or Dol Purnima. Its Sinhala (Buddhist) name is Medin. The full moon rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.
Fri., March 1, late evening. The moon will be close to the bright star Spica. Observers in the central Pacific Ocean and Central America will see the moon occult Spica. Look for Saturn rising below and to the left of the moon and Spica.
Thu., March 7, just after sunset. Look for this comet just after sunset, above and to the left of the sun, tonight and for the next couple of weeks.
The path of Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) over the next month.
This graphic depicts the path of comet Pan-STARRS across the night sky from March to May in 2013.
Sun., March 17, early evening. Another close conjunction between Jupiter and the Moon, close to Aldebaran and the Hyades. Say farewell to the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula, now sinking fast in the west.
Wed., March 20, 7:02 a.m. EDT. The Sun crosses the celestial equator heading north, marking the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Notice the close gathering of the planets Uranus, Mars and Venus close to the Sun: all are on the far side of the Sun relative to Earth.
Wed., March 27, early evening. For the second time this month, the moon passes close to Spica. This time the moon will occult Spica for observers in southeast Asia, northern Australia, and the many islands to the west, north and east.
Sun., March 31, morning twilight. This is not a good opportunity for observers in the Northern Hemisphere to observe Mercury in the morning sky, as shown here; Mercury will be much higher for observers in the Southern Hemisphere. Sweep the eastern horizon with binoculars to pick up Mercury’s tiny speck of light.