astronauts in space and eclipse

As reported by Digital Look, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off in the early hours of Sunday (3) towards the International Space Station (ISS), carrying a team of four astronauts on board the Crew-8 mission. The month of March also brings natural astronomical phenomena, with emphasis on a penumbral lunar eclipse that will be seen from Brazil.

It should be noted that all dates and times reported are based on an observer based in Brasília (DF) and may be slightly different according to each location.

Penumbral lunar eclipse (Credit: Ajay Kumar Singh – Shutterstock)

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March astronomical calendar

  • March 3 – Launch of the Crew-8 mission. After a postponement due to bad weather, SpaceX and NASA announced that they intend to launch a team of astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday at 1:16 am;
  • March 10 – New Moon arrives at 6 am. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no light from the Moon to interfere.
  • March 20 – March equinox, at 00:06. On this date, day and night are equal (find out more here). From then on, the nights begin to increase day by day. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is called the Autumnal Equinox. In the northern hemisphere, it is the Spring Equinox.
  • 25th March – Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. The Moon reaches its full phase at 4 am. This happens during a penumbral lunar eclipse, an event scheduled to occur between 1:53 am and 6:32 am, when the Moon will pass through the Earth's shadow. The eclipse will be visible anywhere the Moon is above the horizon at the time, including the Americas, Antarctica and northeastern Russia. This NASA map has detailed information about the event.

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