A monthly look at astronomical events in the sky and on Earth
Compiled by Steve Sawyer
So what’s on this month?
It’s the start of meteorological spring on the 1st and the vernal spring equinox on the 20th of March. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the moment in time when the Sun stands directly above the equator while crossing from the south to the north and is called the vernal equinox (also known as the spring equinox, March equinox or northward equinox). It is the moment winter ends and spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere (where nearly 90% of the world’s population live).