Current Night Sky: March 2020

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 8 for most areas of the U.S. and Canada. In accordance with the adage, "spring forward, fall back," move your clocks ahead one hour; the minute after 1:59 am begins as 3:00 am.

The March Equinox occurs at 11:50 pm EDT on March 19. This represents the instant the Sun crosses the celestial equator on its way north. By convention, it is considered the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and of fall in the southern hemisphere.

The Moon & Planets: 
sky chart
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Evening Planets (after sunset): 
  • Venus, W
  • Uranus, SW
Morning Planets (before sunrise): 
  • Mars, SE
  • Jupiter, SE
  • Saturn, SE
  • Mercury, SE

There are no comets brighter than magnitude 8 currently visible.


There are no major meteor showers in March.

Phases of the Moon: 
First Quarter Moon March 2 2:57 pm EST
Full Moon March 9 1:48 pm EDT
Last Quarter Moon March 16 5:34 am EDT
New Moon March 24 5:28 am EDT

Text, graphics, and animations by John Sheff. Graphics courtesy of Starry Night(©) Pro Plus 7 / Imaginova(©) Corp. Starry Night images are used with permission from Imaginova Corp. Starry Night is a registered trademark of Imaginova Corp. Star charts generated by Starry Night Pro Plus 7 © Imaginova Corp. All rights reserved.