Current Night Sky: March 2018

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 11 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 12:15 pm EDT on March 20. 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: 
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Evening Planets (after sunset): 
  • Venus, W
  • Mercury, W
  • Uranus, W
Morning Planets (before sunrise): 
  • Jupiter, S
  • Mars, S
  • Saturn, SE
  • Neptune, E

There are no comets brighter than magnitude 8 visible this month.


There are no meteor showers in March.

Phases of the Moon: 
Full Moon March 1 7:51 pm EST
Last Quarter Moon March 9 6:20 am EST
New Moon March 17 9:12 am EDT
First Quarter Moon March 24 11:35 am EDT
Full Moon March 31 8:47 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.