March Moon at Descending Node, and A Solar Eclipse

july8-descending-node   Wednesday March 9th our Moon will be crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving south. This is known as the descending node, one of two intersections the Moon’s orbital path (dark green line) has with the ecliptic.
   When a node crossing happens at or near enough to the time of either new Moon or Full Moon there will be an eclipse. The time for the new Moon this month is 1:54 UT on the 9th and the time for the node crossing on the 9th is 6:29 UT. At these times the eclipse will be happening Tuesday evening on my side of the globe so watching the eclipse from around here requires watching online.


   Go to the Hermit Eclipse web site for information about this eclipse as well as for other eclipses.

   Go to the web site to watch the eclipse live starting at Tuesday evening 5 pm CST. This is being broadcast from the Slooh telescope web site.

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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