The Moon and Venus are paired in a close conjunction above mountain fortress of Alamut in the Alborz Mountains of Iran.


Moon and Venus, March 7

beautiful conjunction of crescent moon and Venus in morning sky.  Their closest distance of less than 3 degrees will be visible from eastern US and Canada.


See examples of Moon and Venus monthly meetings on TWAN conjunction gallery: www.twanight.org/conjunction




The November 2012 total solar eclipse over the northern coast of Australia.


Total Solar Eclipse, March 9

On March 9, 2016, a total solar eclipse occurs with the Moon passing right between the Earth and the Sun. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible from the surrounding region, thousands of kilometers wide. In this case most of the path of totality is over the sea and islands. It begins in Indonesia and ends in the northern Pacific Ocean. The maximum of totality will happen in the middle of the ocean and last for 4 minutes and 9 seconds.


The next total solar eclipse, already labeled as the Great American Eclipse, is on Aug 21, 2017, across the United States. The last total eclipse in the mainland US was 4 decades ago in 1979 (not counting the 1991 eclipse passing over Hawaii).


Learn about imaging the solar eclipses on Fred Espenak website; TWAN-member, former NASA scientist, and eclipse expert known world-wide as Mr. Eclipse.


Alternative reading on Sky&Teleascope website

See the TWAN gallery of eclipses (one of the world’s most diverse collection of the phenomenon) here: www.twanight.org/eclipse




The brightest star of Taurus appears next to the moon after an occultation.


Moon and Aldebaran, March 14

The Moon passes at a close angular distance of Aldebaran in the evening sky. From Central Asia the 37% illuminated Moon occults Aldebaran at 14:07 UT.


See examples of TWAN nightscape images involving occultation event.




The Full Moon before the Easter Day rises above a World Heritage monument known as Pannonhalma Archabbey in Hungary.


Easter Full Moon, March 23

Three days after the Vernal Equinox, the first Full Moon of spring (in the northern hemisphere) appears in the sky. Traditionally, the Easter Day is on the Sunday after the first Full Moon of the spring. To the Native Americans this was known as the Worm Moon.
Photograph the moon early in “Blue Hour” while the background sky is still bright enough and the landscape is visible. When the moon reaches higher in the sky it is usually too bright to image it with any foreground.


See examples here and on TWAN gallery of Our Cosmic Neighbor: www.twanight.org/moon 




TWAN is a global program in partnership with Astronomers Without Borders (www.astrowb.org) to produce and present a collection of stunning photographs of the world's most beautiful and historic sites against the nighttime backdrop of stars, planets and celestial events. The eternally peaceful sky looks the same above all symbols of different nations and regions, attesting to the truly unified nature of Earth as a planet rather than an amalgam of human-designated territories.