This May 8th, the giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun.
The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak.
The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 27 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.
The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak.
The March equinox occurs at 16:15 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.
The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 18.4 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow, or umbra.