The Spring Equinox comes this week. What is it?
(WHSV) - The Spring Equinox is this week! Learn what that means and catch the Moon with other planets this week!
At 5:24 pm Monday, the Spring Equinox will occur. This is when the Sun is directly over the Earth’s equator, meaning everyone on Earth sees roughly the same amount of day and night. The Sun’s direct light will continue its movement northward as days in the Northern Hemisphere get longer, and days in the Southern Hemisphere get shorter. The Spring Equinox is also when the rate of daylight added is at its highest for the Northern Hemisphere while the rate of nighttime added in the Southern Hemisphere is at its highest. This marks the official beginning of spring.
THE MOON AND JUPITER
On Wednesday after sunset, Jupiter and the Moon will be located together in the western sky. The Moon will be about a thumb’s width to Jupiter’s upper left and will be able to share the same view in binoculars. The Moon will be very, very thin (only 2% illuminated). You’ll have a tight window to view the duo as they will set about an hour after sunset. Venus will be much higher up to the upper left of the Moon and Jupiter. Cloud cover will also likely be a factor as well but if we get some breaks in the clouds, you may be able to catch it.
THE MOON, VENUS, AND JUPITER
On Thursday and Friday evenings after sunset, Venus will join the field of view with the Moon and Jupiter. The Moon will still be very thin but the trio will set up a great photo opportunity in the western sky after sunset. Again, there will be a tight window as Jupiter sets about an hour after sunset. Both evenings will have a lot of cloud cover but if we can get some break in the clouds, it’s possible that it could be viewable.
This week, we will gain another 17 minutes of daylight. By March 27th, we will have 12 hours and 25 minutes of daylight and 11 hours and 35 minutes of nighttime. Sunrises will move from 7:19 am to 7:08 am while sunsets move from 7:27 pm to 7:33 pm.
Daily Sunrise/Sunset Times this week:
|Mar 20||7:19 am||7:27 pm||12 hrs, 8 mins|
|Mar 21||7:17 am||7:28 pm||12 hrs, 11 mins|
|Mar 22||7:16 am||7:29 pm||12 hrs, 13 mins|
|Mar 23||7:14 am||7:30 pm||12 hrs, 16 mins|
|Mar 24||7:13 am||7:31 pm||12 hrs, 18 min|
|Mar 25||7:11 am||7:32 pm||12 hrs, 21 mins|
|Mar 26||7:09 am||7:32 pm||12 hrs, 23 mins|
ISS VIEWING (MOST VIEWABLE)
|Date & Time||Visible||Max Height||Appears||Disappears|
|Tue Mar 21, 8:41 pm||3 min||12°||10° above NW||10° above N|
|Sun Mar 26, 9:33 pm||1 min||14°||10° above NNW||14° above N|
NEXT MOON PHASES
|Moon Phases||Date and Time|
|New Moon||March 21st, 1:23 pm|
|First Quarter Moon||March 28th, 10:32 pm|
|Full Moon||April 6th, 12:34 am|
|Third Quarter Moon||April 13th, 5:11 am|
CURRENT PLANET VIEWING OPPORTUNITIES
Venus: In the western sky at sunset, sets around 10:30 pm in the west
Mars: In the south-southwestern sky at sunset, visible most of the night, sets in the northwest just after 2:30 am
Jupiter: In the western sky at sunset, limited viewing, sets just after 8:30 pm in the west
Saturn: Not in sky at sunset, limited viewing, rises in the sky just after 6 am in the east-southeastern sky
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