Sky Events 2018

February

  • February 7: Third Quarter Moon
  • February 7: Jupiter can be found at 4° to the south of the Moon
  • February 9: Mars can be found at 4° to the south of the Moon
  • February 11: Saturn can be found at 2° to the south of the Moon
  • February 15: New Moon
  • February 15: A partial solar eclipse can be seen from Antarctica and South America
  • February 17: Mercury is at superior solar conjunction, with only an angular separation of 2° from the Sun
  • February 19: Bode’s galaxy (M81, NGC 3031) in Ursa Major will be well placed for observation. 
  • December 20: Comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS) will make its closest approach to the Sun, at a distance of 3.73 AU.
  • February 23: First Quarter Moon

March

  • March 1: Full Moon
  • March 7: Conjunction of Jupiter and the Moon in the morning sky, appearing only 4° apart
  • March 9: Last Quarter Moon
  • March 9: Conjunction of Mars and the Moon in the dawn sky, appearing 3°48′ apart
  • March 10: Conjunction of Saturn and the Moon in the dawn sky, with the Moon passing 2°13′ to the north of Saturn 
  • March 15: Mercury at its greatest elongation East, making it a great time to observe it in the early evening
  • March 17: New Moon
  • March 19: Close approach of Mars and NGC 6530 in the dawn sky
  • March 20: Spring Equinox
  • March 24: First Quarter Moon
  • March 31: Full Moon