March 1 – Full Moon. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Worm Moon because this was the time of year when the ground would soften, and the earthworms would reappear. The Farmer’s Almanac says that this moon has also been known “as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another
variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.”

March 7-8 – According to National Geographic, “early risers in late February and into early March will be able to watch a planetary alignment dominate the southeastern sky at dawn, as Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter will seem to hover near each other in the sky. Over a few nights starting on March 7, the waning gibbous moon will appear to pay visits to each planet in the lineup. And on March 8, the moon will tuck itself between Mars and Jupiter.”

March 11 – Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. EST, but we Arizonans don’t have to worry about moving our clock hands forward like the rest of the country.

March 18 – During the middle two weeks of March, Mercury and Venus are visible together low in the west. Shortly after sunset on the evening of March 18, the crescent Moon joins the duo for a beautiful display. The Moon appears near Mercury and Venus for one night only, but the two planets remain in the area for about two weeks, before Mercury sinks below the horizon while Venus drifts slowly upward.

March 20 – Vernal equinox. The first day of spring here in the northern hemisphere.

March 31 – Full Moon, Blue Moon. Since this is the second full moon in the same month, it is often referred to as a blue moon. 2018 is particularly unique in that January and March both contain two full moons while February has no full moon.

There are several SpaceX rockets set to launch this month, almost all of which can be watched live on, where these launch dates and others can be found at:

March 13 – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon CRS-14 spacecraft on a cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

March 18 – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 Iridium Next satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 11:19 a.m. EDT (1519 GMT).

March 20 – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

March 30 – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida to launch the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.