March 2009 Astronomical Events significant for Astrological Predictions are listed here. This column appears every month for our readers with interest in astronomy.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT – 5 hours, Indian Standard Time= UT+ 5:30 hours
March Dates Astronomical Event
2nd Mercury 0.59° from Mars at 0h UT
3rd Moon near the Pleiades at 8h UT
7th Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 15h UT
8th Saturn at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 20h UT. The ringed planet is at its brightest (mag. +0.5)
10th Moon near Saturn at 22h UT (midnight sky).
11th Full Moon at 2:38 UT. (Holi Purnima)
19th Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 13h UT
20th Spring or vernal equinox at 11:45 UT
22nd Moon near Jupiter at 21h UT
24th Moon near Mars at 10h UT
26th New Moon at 16:00 UT.
27th Venus at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 17h UT. The brightest planet passes into the morning sky.
31st Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 3h UT. The planet passes into the evening sky.