Your Astronomy Guide to Monday, March 5th

Your Astronomy Guide to Monday, March 5th


She’s Been Waiting


She’s been waiting
She’s been waiting, waiting.
She’s been waiting so long.
She’s been waiting for her children
To remember, to return.


Blessed be, and blessed are,
The lovers of the lady.
Blessed be, and blessed are,
The mother, maiden, crone.
Blessed be, and blessed are,
The ones who dance together.
Blessed be, and blessed are,
The ones who dance alone.
She’s been waiting, waiting.
She’s been waiting so long.
She’s been waiting for her children
To remember, to return.


Blessed be, and blessed are,
The ones who work in silence.
Blessed be, and blessed are,
The ones who shout and scream.
Blessed be, and blessed are,
The movers and the changes.
Blessed be, and blessed are,
The dreamers and the dream.
She’s been waiting, waiting.
She’s been waiting so long.
She’s been waiting for her children
To remember, to return.


– Paula Walowitz
Originally published on Blessed Be


Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Monday, March 5th

The Sun

Sun Direction: ↑ 110.95° ESE
Sun Altitude: 16.45°
Sun Distance: 92.200 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2018 11:15 am (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 6:19 am↑ 97° East
Sunset Today: 5:52 pm↑ 263° West
Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 32 minutes


The Moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 253.65° WSW
Moon Altitude: 8.97°
Moon Distance: 239428 mi
Next New Moon: Mar 17, 20188:11 am
Next Full Moon: Mar 31, 20187:36 am
Next Moonset: Today8:40 am
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 85.1%



Astrology of Today – Monday, March 5, 2018

The Moon is in Libra until 8:22 AM, after which the Moon is in Scorpio.
The Moon is void from 1:18 AM to 8:22 AM.
The Moon is waning and in its Full phase until 8:12 AM, after which the Moon is in its Waning Gibbous phase.
The Full Moon occurred on March 1st in the sign of Virgo, and the Last Quarter Moon will occur on March 9th.


Moon in Libra

Creating order is the focus, not necessarily through tidying or organizing as was the case while the Moon was in Virgo, but rather through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment. We tend to solve problems through diplomacy, and we are more able to put aside our own emotions in order to achieve the peace we crave. The tendency now is to avoid direct confrontations. Decisions do not come easily. Seeing both sides to any given situation is the main reason for hesitation. Fear of losing others’ approval is another.

The Moon in Libra generally favors the following activities: Relationship and partnership issues, activities involving teamwork and cooperation, activities that involve self-examination, activities related to beauty.


Daily Overview Of Monday, March 5th

The Moon continues to transit Libra until its entrance into Scorpio at 8:24 AM EST. The Scorpio Moon is loyal, passionate, perceptive, and involved. Its sextile to Saturn in Capricorn promotes deliberate and persistent hard work. However, we should watch for taking on too much or wasting energy with Mars semi-sextile Jupiter influencing the day. We might want very much to be productive but somehow go in circles, primarily because we may be overreaching, until we settle on a plan and take things step by step.

The Moon is void from 1:19 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (an opposition to Uranus), until the Moon enters Scorpio at 8:24 AM EST.


The sky this week for March 5 to 11

Zodiacal light, the return of Mercury and Venus, and a Moon flanked by Mars and Saturn, all in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Monday, March 5

Although Mercury and Venus appeared closest to each other Saturday evening, the two officially reach conjunction today. Mercury slides 1.4° due north of Venus at 1 p.m. EST. In this evening’s twilight, Mercury stands to the upper right of its neighbor.


Tuesday, March 6

If you head outside after darkness falls and look to the west, you’ll see the stars of Taurus the Bull about halfway to the zenith. The V-shaped Hyades star cluster, which forms the Bull’s face, points straight toward the horizon. To the right of the Hyades lies the spectacular Pleiades star cluster (M45) and to the left are the glittering jewels that form Orion the Hunter’s shape.


Wednesday, March 7

The waning gibbous Moon passes 4° north of Jupiter today, and the two make a pretty sight all morning. You won’t have any problem identifying the planet because it’s the brightest point of light in this part of the sky, glowing at magnitude –2.2. Jupiter remains conspicuous all week, however. The giant world rises shortly after 11 p.m. local time and climbs highest in the south as twilight commences. The giant world resides among the much dimmer stars of the constellation Libra. A telescope reveals the planet’s 40″-diameter disk.


Thursday, March 8

A pair of fine binocular objects shows up nicely on evenings this week. The open star clusters M46 and M47 reside about a degree apart in the northwestern corner of the constellation Puppis the Stern. The two lie about 12° east-northeast of the night sky’s brightest star, Sirius. The western cluster, M47, glows at 4th magnitude and appears as a fuzzy patch sprinkled with several pinpoint stars. Sixth-magnitude M46 shows up as a hazy collection of faint stars that is hard to resolve under most conditions. Although it contains nearly twice as many stars as M47, M46 appears fainter and fuzzier because it lies some three times farther from Earth.


Friday, March 9

Last Quarter Moon occurs at 6:20 a.m. EST. You can find the half-lit orb rising in the east shortly after 1 a.m. local time; it hangs about 30° above the southern horizon during morning twilight. Look to the Moon’s lower left and you can’t help but see the ruddy glow of Mars. The Red Planet shines at magnitude 0.7 and stands out nicely against the background stars of Ophiuchus. Unfortunately, Mars’ disk spans only 7″ when viewed through a telescope and shows little, if any, detail.


Saturday, March 10

The Moon’s eastward motion relative to the background stars carries it into Sagittarius this morning, where it appears equidistant between Mars and Saturn. The trio rises by 3 a.m. local time and looks stunning in the south-southeast as twilight starts to paint the sky. Unlike, Mars, magnitude 0.5 Saturn is worth observing through a telescope this week. The planet’s disk measures 16″ across while the spectacular rings span 37″ and tilt 26° to our line of sight.


Sunday, March 11

For most people in the United States and Canada, daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. local time this morning. Set your clocks ahead one hour.

The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 5:14 a.m. EDT. It then lies 251,455 miles (404,678 kilometers) from Earth’s center.


The Astronomy Magazine


In the Sky This Month for March

March 5: Venus and Mercury
The planets Venus and Mercury are low in the west at sunset. Venus is the brighter of the two. Tonight, Mercury is close to its upper right. It’s not as bright as Venus, but its proximity to the “evening star” should help you pick it out.

March 6: Moon and Jupiter
The planet Jupiter will stand close to the lower right of the Moon at first light tomorrow. It looks like a brilliant star. It is the brightest object in the night sky after the Moon and the planet Venus.

March 7: Zodiacal Light
From dark skywatching locations, a faint pyramid of light glows faintly in the west after nightfall the next few evenings. This dim glow is the zodiacal light, which is sunlight reflecting off of tiny grains of dust scattered around the inner solar system.

March 8: Moon and Mars
Look for Mars to the lower left of the Moon at first light tomorrow. The little planet looks like a bright orange star. Over the next few months, Mars will rise earlier and grow brighter each night as Earth moves closer to it.

March 9: Moon, Mars, and Saturn
The Moon and two planets form an arc in the early morning sky tomorrow. Orange Mars is to the right of the Moon, with golden Saturn to the lower left of the Moon.

March 10: Moon and Saturn
Saturn is in great view early tomorrow. The giant planet looks like a bright golden star to the right of the Moon at dawn. The orange planet Mars is close by.

March 11: Milky Way
If you have access to a dark skywatching site, this is a great evening to look at the Milky Way. It arcs high over the west as night falls, so it’s quite a sight. And the Moon doesn’t rise until the wee hours of the morning, so it won’t spoil the show.




Your Cosmic Calendar for Monday, March 5th

Bask in the afterglow of yesterday’s amazing convergence of the sun with Neptune, plus Mercury and Venus uniting with one another and Chiron — with all this potential goodwill energizing the compassionate sign of Pisces. Wait until a void lunar cycle in Libra ends at 5:24am with the arrival of potent Scorpio moon before donning your Sherlock Holmes disguise to solve personal and familial mysteries. Delving into psychology and esoteric subjects can lift your spirits and give you plenty of internal illumination when the moon transits the eighth sign of the zodiac every month. A big celestial event occurs at 11:35pm as Mercury enters fiery, leadership-oriented Aries for an extended stay that continues in force until May 13.

[Note to readers: All times are now calculated for Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]


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The Witches Current Moon Phase for Monday, March 5th

Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 86%

The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.


Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 86%
Moon Age: 18.41 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 388,981.36 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 148,402,740.90 km




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