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Offline koootzz

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March 2011 Sky Guide
« on: 22:26:26, 27 February, 2011 »

March Sky Guide

New moon on the 4th, full moon on the 19th. There will be a 2.4% illuminated crescent visible on the 3rd. The lunar X will become visible on the 12th at 05.43.


Mercury will be visible after sunset from the 8th getting better as the month passes with the best days being the 21st – 23rd before the planet begins to move back toward the sun.

Venus will be visible before dawn in the East, rising later as the month progresses.

Mars is not visible from the UK this month

Jupiter is visible for a few hours after sunset, beginning the month in Cetus before moving into Pisces. Becoming more poorly placed as the month passes.

Saturn rises early evening (20.49 at the start of the month to being already risen by sunset at the end of the month) in Virgo.

Uranus is visible just after sunset at the start of the month but is poorly placed for imaging or viewing.

Neptune will be visible shortly before dawn towards the end of the month in Aquarius. On the morning of the 26th the planet will be visible approx half a degree from Venus.

Comets visible this month (to magnitude 12)

There are no comets currently visible brighter then mag 12

ISS Passes

Early in the month the ISS makes several passes in the early evening coupled with Discovery. The shuttle is due to leave the ISS on the 5th March, there will then be two opportunities to see Discovery on it’s own as it returns to Earth:*
5th at approx 18.30 near to Alderbaran in Taurus
6th at approx 18.56 near to Rigel in Orion.

Latest predictions as of 06/03 @14.30 GMT:
Discovery is now scheduled to undock from the ISS on Monday 7th March (NASA have kept the crew aboard longer to help with work on the new Permanent Multipurpose Module).
Luckily there are still two opportunities with decent visibilty;
7th March at 17.47 North of Aldebaran
8th March at 18.12 East of Rigel.
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Deep Sky

Best deep sky imaging for March is from the 1st to the 12th.

The winter constellations are now leaving us so it’s the turn of the spring galaxies with the Leo Triplet and Virgo clusters being essential targets. There are also several globular clusters that will be well placed for imaging for those prepared to stay up later, M3,M5,M13,M53&M92 all worth a try. Earlier in the evening the open cluster M44 (The Beehive) can be found in Cancer.

*The dates and times for the shuttle are based on NASA’s current mission projections and are subject to change.

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Re: March Sky Guide
« Reply #1 on: 01:01:09, 05 March, 2011 »
 :thumbup:  Good stuff Koootzz

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Re: March Sky Guide
« Reply #2 on: 15:00:22, 06 March, 2011 »
Updated Shuttle data.
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Re: March Sky Guide
« Reply #3 on: 14:11:55, 13 March, 2011 »
Nice one Koootzz this is an invaluable resource  thanks

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