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The March Sky Trivia Quiz

March 5, 2018


On Periscope this morning we had a trivia contest. These are ten questions I made up about the sky in March. How many can you correctly answer?

Below are the questions.  After that you can find the correct answers and the winners who got them right.


  1. We had our first full moon of March on Friday, March 2. On what

    Screen shot 2015-10-23 at 5.08.12 PM
    Waxing gibbous phase

    date will we have our second full moon of March?

  2. .In conjunction with Mercury today (March 5) and on March 18 conjunction with Uranus, what planet appears 10,000 times brighter than Uranus?

  3. What planet will begin its retrograde motion on March 9?

  4. Also on the 9th, the Moon will be at its farthest orbital point from the Earth (404,678 km). What do we call this farthest point?

  5. On March 15, what planet will reach greatest elongation from the Sun?

  6. On Thursday, March 20, periods of night and day are of equal length all over which planet?

  7. On March 23, the Moon will pass near, and for some places on Earth, appear to occult what magnitude 0.9 star?

  8. Screen shot 2015-01-10 at 1.07.26 AM

    On Saturday, March 24, two moons of Jupiter will cast shadows on that planet at the same time. Name one moon. Name the other moon.

  9. On Monday, March 26, the Moon will be at its closest orbital point from the Earth (369,106 km.) What do we call this closest point?

  10. By March 31 Saturn will be within 1.5o of what other planet?


  1. March 31: The synodic month, the time for the Moon to complete a full series of phases, is 29.5 days.

  2. Venus: Venus will be around magnitude -3.9 Mercury around -0.9 and Uranus at 5.9

  3. Jupiter: when in retrograde, the planets mocve East to West on the celestial sphere. Jupiter will move westward thru the constellations until July 11, 126 days later.

  4. Apogee: Apart…apogee. 251,455 miles

  5. Mercury:

  6. Earth: Vernal equinox The Science Geek has an interesting piece about this very event. Read it at

    The Science Geek

  1. Aldebaran: an orange giant about 60 light years away. The name is Arabic for “The Follower.”

  2. Io and Ganymede: two different winners

  3. Perigee: pair…perigee   229,351 milesScreen shot 2015-05-06 at 11.23.46 AM

  4. Mars

Leaders: make a contribution in the next 30 days to one of my charities listed, and I will match it, up to $100. Tell the charity to contact me about your contribution.

Leaderboard for March 5, 2018


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