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WHAT'S UP MARCH PART 1

As February had no new Moon, and so like January, March
has two! The month starts with a new Moon and the first
crescent becoming visible the following evening. Full Moon
follows on the 16th and the second new Moon falls on the 30th, but the first crescent will only be visible after sunset on the 1st April.

There is an occultation (when the Moon obscures a distant star or planet) on the 7th when the star Ain, a triple star in the constellation of Taurus the Bull, is occulted. Visible to
the naked eye, Ain will be obscured by the dark side of the Moon at 21h56 on the upper right of the Moon, (look at about 2 o’clock using the clock-face method). Unfortunately the Moon will have set before Ain reappears. A pair of binoculars would help!
The unmistakable constellation of Orion still dominates the north western evening skies and in a line overhead are some really bright stars, starting with Betelgeuse in the northwest, Sirius overhead and Canopus very high in the south. Betelgeuse and Sirius also form a triangle with Procyon halfway up in the north, commonly known as the Great Southern Triangle. The rectangular shape formed by Rigel, Sirius, Procyon and Betelgeuse was known as Magakala to the Tswana. When this grouping was visible in the early evening it was time to start harvesting crops. See diagram.
To the lower left of Orion is the small open cluster, the Hyades, with the reddish-orange star Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus the Bull Further down is the small cluster isiLimela, or the Pleiades, now low above the western horizon. The bright star Spica is rising in the east with Regulus, the brightest star in Leo, halfway up in the northeast.
The giant planet Jupiter is visible to the lower right of Orion, with the twins in Gemini, Castor and Pollux further down to the right. From the 6th to the 10th a waxing crescent Moon passes by isiLimela, the Hyades and Jupiter.


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