Ephemeris Star Charts – March 2020

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The charts contain the entire dome of the sky as seen from around 45 degrees north latitude and at the dates and times for the locations listed below.

Planet positions are plotted for the 15th of the month. The moon is not shown. To track the planet positions at weekly intervals go to my Ephemeris Blog for my Wednesday posting at bobmoler.wordpress.com.

The charts contain the entire dome of the sky as seen from around 45 degrees north latitude and at the dates and times for the locations listed below.

March Evening Star Chart

Date

Grand Traverse region, Michigan - Eastern Time

1st.

10:00 p.m. EST

8th.

10:30 p.m. EDT

15th.

10:00 p.m. EDT

22nd.

9:30 p.m. EDT

29th.

9:00 p.m. EDT

March Morning Star Chart

For early birds I’m including a morning star chart too, which shows the stars we’ll see in the evening 4 months from now.

Date

Grand Traverse region, Michigan - Eastern Time

1st.

6:00 a.m. EST

8th.

6:30 a.m. EDT

15th.

6:00 a.m. EDT

22nd.

5:30 a.m. EDT

29th.

5:00 a.m. EDT

If you want to convert the above times for your locality in North America click here.

The outer edge of the chart is the horizon with the compass points marked. The chart is oriented as one is looking south. The constellation outlines in magenta are those of the Zodiac. The magenta line is the ecliptic, the path of the sun. The white line that passes through the east and west compass points is the celestial equator, above the earth's equator. The white lines that cross in the north at the north celestial pole are major right ascension lines and are like meridians on the earth.

All constellations shown have the standard three letter abbreviation. The constellation abbreviations, names and bright star names are found here.

Also on the sky dome are helps to locate other stars and constellations from the Big Dipper, and asterisms.

Twilight, Astronomical and Nautical

The above times calculated by the calendar function of Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts)






EST/DST






Morning twilight

Evening twilight

Dark night

Moon

Date

Astro.

Nautical

Nautical

Astro.

Start

End

Illum.

2020-03-01

5h43m

6h17m

19h33m

20h06m

0h33m

5h43m

0.41

2020-03-02

5h41m

6h15m

19h34m

20h08m

1h36m

5h41m

0.52

2020-03-03

5h39m

6h13m

19h35m

20h09m

2h40m

5h39m

0.62

2020-03-04

5h37m

6h11m

19h36m

20h10m

3h42m

5h37m

0.73

2020-03-05

5h36m

6h10m

19h38m

20h12m

4h40m

5h36m

0.82

2020-03-06

5h34m

6h08m

19h39m

20h13m

5h31m

5h34m

0.91

2020-03-07

5h32m

6h06m

19h40m

20h14m

-

-

0.97

2020-03-08

6h30m

7h04m

20h42m

21h16m

-

-

0.97

2020-03-09

6h28m

7h02m

20h43m

21h17m

-

-

1

2020-03-10

6h26m

7h01m

20h44m

21h18m

-

-

1

2020-03-11

6h25m

6h59m

20h46m

21h20m

21h20m

22h26m

0.96

2020-03-12

6h23m

6h57m

20h47m

21h21m

21h21m

23h45m

0.9

2020-03-13

6h21m

6h55m

20h48m

21h23m

21h23m

-

0.81

2020-03-14

6h19m

6h53m

20h50m

21h24m

21h24m

1h01m

0.71

2020-03-15

6h17m

6h51m

20h51m

21h25m

21h25m

2h14m

0.6

2020-03-16

6h15m

6h49m

20h52m

21h27m

21h27m

3h21m

0.49

2020-03-17

6h13m

6h48m

20h53m

21h28m

21h28m

4h21m

0.38

2020-03-18

6h11m

6h46m

20h55m

21h30m

21h30m

5h13m

0.29

2020-03-19

6h09m

6h44m

20h56m

21h31m

21h31m

5h55m

0.2

2020-03-20

6h11m

6h46m

21h01m

21h36m

21h36m

6h11m

0.12

2020-03-21

6h09m

6h44m

21h03m

21h38m

21h38m

6h09m

0.07

2020-03-22

6h07m

6h42m

21h04m

21h39m

21h39m

6h07m

0.03

2020-03-23

6h04m

6h40m

21h05m

21h41m

21h41m

6h04m

0

2020-03-24

6h02m

6h38m

21h07m

21h42m

21h42m

6h02m

0

2020-03-25

6h00m

6h36m

21h08m

21h44m

21h44m

6h00m

0.02

2020-03-26

5h58m

6h34m

21h10m

21h45m

22h23m

5h58m

0.05

2020-03-27

5h56m

6h32m

21h11m

21h47m

23h25m

5h56m

0.1

2020-03-28

5h54m

6h30m

21h12m

21h48m

-

5h54m

0.17

2020-03-29

5h52m

6h28m

21h14m

21h50m

0h28m

5h52m

0.25

2020-03-30

5h50m

6h26m

21h15m

21h51m

1h31m

5h50m

0.35

2020-03-31

5h48m

6h24m

21h16m

21h53m

2h33m

5h48m

0.45



Monthly Evening Star Chart for Observers in the Southern Hemisphere

The chart contains the entire dome of the sky as seen from around 26 degrees south latitude at 2 hours after sunset on the 15th of the month.

Planet positions are also plotted for the 15th of the month. The moon is not shown. The Magellanic Clouds, which are satellite galaxies of the Milky Way. The Large Magellanic Cloud is located in the constellation Dorado (Dor) the Flying Fish. The Small Magellanic Cloud is located in the constellation of Tucana (Tuc) the Toucan.


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Updated 02/29/20