Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10 at 2am. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour. This also means that we have a five-hour difference from Greenwich Mean Time. When it's noon in Greenwich, England, it is 7am here.
Spring begins! Although we've been doing our pre-spring planning for some time now, spring begins at 4:58pm on Wednesday, March 20. Also known as the Spring Equinox, this is when the direct rays of the sun are directly over the equator. We gain 1 hour and 24 minutes of daylight this month.
Mercury opens the month rising after sunrise and sets close to sunset. It won't be visible this month as it will be too low in the sky and lost in the sun's glare.
The moon is New on Wednesday, March 6.
Venus is a morning planet this month, rising a couple hours before sunrise. It should be fairly easy to spot before sunrise, low in the southeast sky. Look for Venus to the left of the waning crescent moon the morning of Saturday, March 2.
The first Quarter moon is Thursday, March 14.
Mars rises in the late morning hours and will be clearly visible after sunset in the western sky. Look for Mars to the right of the waxing crescent moon the evening of Monday, March 11.
The moon is Full on Wednesday, March 20.
Jupiter will be in the southeastern sky before sunrise, rising at 2:07am to open the month. Jupiter will be rising higher and higher before sunrise as the month goes on, providing better viewing opportunities. The first quarter moon will be to the right of Jupiter during the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 27.
The last Quarter moon is Tuesday, March 26.
Saturn joins Venus and Jupiter in the early morning sky. It will be located between these two planets. The moon will be to the upper right of Saturn the morning of Friday, March 1.
Morning Planets: Venus, Jupiter, Saturn
Evening Planets: Mars, Uranus