Solar, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse To Dim Sky; Jupiter, Mars To Put Celestial Show This Month

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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

If you are a big astronomy enthusiast or if you simply enjoy watching some amazing sights in the sky, March 2016 is going to be a month that you should watch out for if you are living in Australia. This is because later this month will mark several unique and beautiful celestial events, which will surely leave you in awe and utter amazement.

According to ABC News, several spectacular celestial events can be witnessed in Australia in the month of March. The report cites that on March 9 there will be a partial solar eclipse which can be seen by people who live in the northern part of Australia. On this day, people can witness the moon partially cover the sun which will start well after sunrise.

People in Indonesia are even luckier as they can get to see a total solar eclipse. According to The Guardian, thousands of tourists have already flocked to the archipelago in hopes of catching a glimpse of the only solar eclipse happening in 2016. If you plan on watching the solar eclipse, just make sure that you watch it through special solar sunglasses for protection.

The ABC News report also states that there will be a penumbral lunar eclipse on March 23rd. In this celestial event, you can see the moon glide through the outer part of the shadow cast by our planet Earth. As compared to a total lunar eclipse, you will only get to see a slight darkening of the southern part of the moon on March 23.

If you are a big planet buff, then you are in luck as the same news report says that Jupiter will come closest to Earth on March 8 and will thus be clearly visible using binoculars or small telescopes. Not to be outdone, Mars will also be featured this month as it will be shown in the claws of the Scorpius constellation for the first part of the month.

If you are really into astronomy, be sure to watch out for those dates and prepare your gear as March is undoubtedly going to be a very busy month for all science and astronomy buffs.

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