DUE TO THE IMPACT OF CURRENT EVENTS, SOUTHERN CROSS ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY IS CANCELLING ALL PUBLIC OUTREACH ACTIVITIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. NORMAL OPERATIONS WILL RETURN AS SOON AS IT IS DEEMED SAFE TO DO SO. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION.

 

Stargazer

SCAS  MARCH 2020 - Barb Yager

Lunar Timetable

 
First Quarter Moon Image
First Quarter Moon March 2nd @ 2:57 pm
Full Moon Image
Full Moon March 9th @ 1:48 pm
Last Quarter Moon Image
Last Quarter Moon March 16th @ 5:34 am
New Moon Image
New Moon March 24th @ 5:28 am
 

 

NO MAJOR METEOR SHOWERS THIS MONTH


Here are some tips on how to maximize your time looking for meteors and fireballs during December:

  • Get out of the city to a place where city and artificial lights do not impede your viewing
  • If you are out viewing the shower during its peak, you will not need any special equipment. You should be able to see the shower with your naked eyes.
  • Carry a blanket or a comfortable chair with you - viewing meteors, just like any other kind of stargazing is a waiting game, and you need to be comfortable. Plus, you may not want to leave until you can't see the majestic celestial fireworks anymore.

 

Clear Sky Clock

Evening

 

2 Planets: bright Venus, Queen of the Night, visible in the west. In telescopes blue-green Uranus in the west 2 degrees below Venus.
 
01- The Moon forms a triangle below the delicate Pleiades star cluster and Venus in the west.
02- The FIRST QUARTER MOON drifts above the star Aldebaran--the red eye of Taurus, Bull.
05- Tonight the bright Moon floats below the Gemini Twins: Castor & Pollux.
06- Aim binoculars at the Moon 3 degrees left of the Beehive star cluster.
07- At dusk, the bright Moon leads Leo, Lion higher in the east. Look for the Big Dipper in the NE.
08- Daylight Savings Time begins! By nightfall aim binoculars to Venus and Uranus 2 degrees apart.
Blue-green Uranus lies 1.9 billion miles from Earth.
09 The LENTEN MOON is full at 1:48 p.m. and rises in the east by sunset and sets in the west at dawn.
15- ZODIACAL LIGHT a translucent cone of sunlight rising above the western horizon that reflects zillions of tiny particles left from ancient comet tails. By nightfall find a clear view of the western horizon. This event lasts for several nights.
19- VERNAL EQUINOX occurs 11:50 p.m. when the northbound Sun arrives at the EQUATOR.
Daytime and night hours are about equal for several days. Sun rises due east and sets due west.
Drivers be prepared when using east-west roads. Equinox = equal nights (Latin).
20- SCAS free Program: FIRE IN THE SKY at FIU has been CANCELLED.
24- At 6 p.m. Venus reaches her highest altitude and glows like a diamond in the west.
26- At dusk aim binoculars at the young Moon (with dark Earthshine) 4 degrees lower left of Uranus in Aries near the WNW horizon. They set early. Brilliant Venus glows above them.
27- A celestial line up occurs in WNW: Pleiades cluster above Venus and the crescent Moon below.
29- Tonight Venus and the Pleiades will merge less than 5 degrees apart. Great Astro images!
 
 
 

Constellations

The Royal Family swings into the NW: King Cepheus, Queen Cassiopeia, daughter Andromeda with our nearest galaxy and Perseus, Hero. Bright Capella guides Auriga, Charioteer, across the north. The parade of winter constellations drift westward: Aries, Ram butts its head against the western horizon; Orion, Hunter chases Taurus, Bull into the west; Betelgeuse, his left shoulder star, is slowly brightening again. The Pleiades cluster shimmers in the west. The V-shaped Hyades cluster (Bull's face) holds ruddy Aldebaran (Bull's red-eye). Brilliant blue Sirius sparkles in Orion's Big Dog followed by the Pups in the south. Procyon, Little Dog, follows Orion. Canopus radiates rainbow colors low in the south---from the southern hemisphere. The Gemini Twins: Castor & Pollux stride overhead followed by the Beehive cluster. Leo, Lion climbs higher in the east. Spica twinkles in Virgo, the Springmaiden on the eastern horizon. The Big Dipper lies in the NE. Bright Arcturus, the red giant, sparkles low in the NE.

Morning

 

4 planets align in the SE: Mars, Jupiter & Saturn; Mercury joins them mid-month.
 

03- At dawn ruddy Mars, bright Jupiter and silver Saturn align in the SE, left of the Sagittarian Teapot.
08- DST occurs at 2 a.m. Set clocks 1 hour ahead.
10- FULL MOON is closest at 221,905 miles.
13- Mercury appears on the ESE horizon.
14- The waning Moon leads huge Scorpius into the SW.
16- LAST QUARTER MOON occurs 5:34 a.m.
18- 21- Great photo op at dawn! Mars & Jupiter dance less than 1 degree apart in the SE. The old crescent Moon floats 2 degrees below them. Saturn lies 5 degrees lower left of the pair.
21- The old Moon and Mercury appear on the ESE horizon
23- Mercury will reach it's highest altitude at 5 degrees above the ESE horizon.
24- NEW MOON occurs 5:28 a.m.
26- At dawn Jupiter, Mars and Saturn each are 2 degrees apart. This occurs every 20 years!
31- Before sunrise, Mars/Saturn conjunction occurs in the SE. Jupiter glows above them.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 



 

 


Constellations

The vast Summer Triangle lies overhead. Spica, in Virgo, drifts low in the WSW. Libra shimmers in the SW. Huge Scorpius crawls into the SSW followed by the Sagittarian Teapot in the south. Capricornus, Sea-Goat plods across the SE. Neptune in Aquarius sails across ESE above the star Fomalhaut. The Great Square of Pegasus appears in the east. The Royal Family arrives in the NE. The Big Dipper swings into the NW above bright Arcturus in the west.