Sky of Alexandria in March 2018
01 March 2018
March marks the end of the bitter cold and start of spring. With the onset of spring, flowers bloom with the mild weather, starting the day of spring equinox on Wednesday, 21 March, when day and night are of equal time and the Planetarium sheds light on the most prominent scenes and celestial bodies observed.
In March, we can observe a full moon twice; on Friday, 2 March, and Saturday, 31 March. Astronomers may not be interested in observing a full moon; however, it is favored by astronomy photographers.

Tuesday, 15 March, is the best day to observe Mercury, as it will reach its farthest point from the Sun; thus, reaching its highest point in the sky; therefore, it could be observed by the naked eye or the telescope towards the West. Brilliant Venus will appear beneath it, shining more brightly.

There are no striking phenomena in March, except that we bid adieu to winter constellations—Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and Cancer—together with the stars Orion, Canis Minor, Canis Major, and Auriga. As we celebrate the arrival of spring, we prepare to observe prominent spring celestial bodies, on top of which are the Leo and Pegasus constellations, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the royal family stars Cassiopeia, Perseus, Ursa Major, and Ursa Minor.

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