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 The moon has been completely hidden from the sun in the first total lunar eclipse in over three years.
Sky watchers across the world have been enjoying the first total lunar eclipse in more than three years.
The eclipse began at 2018 GMT, with the Moon totally immersed in the shadow of the Earth between 2244 and 2358 GMT.
During "totality" the moon appeared reddish in colour, as only light that had been filtered through the Earth's atmosphere reached the Moon's surface.
The eclipse was visible from the whole of Europe, Africa, South America, and eastern parts of the US and Canada.



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Moon and Saturn
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Tonight the Moon and the planet Saturn will pass within a degree of each other -- about the width of the Moon itself.

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For Britons and most Europeans, British Summer Time began at 01:00 GMT on Sunday, after which clocks had to be moved forward one hour to 02:00 GMT.

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The crescent Moon, and Venus nearby

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Norouz is the traditional Iranian new year holiday in Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Albania, Georgia, various countries of Central Asia such as Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan, as well as among the Iranian peoples in Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, and everywhere else.
Norouz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian year. It is celebrated by some communities on March 21st and by others on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox (start of spring), which may occur on March 20th, 21st or 22nd.

The word comes from the Old Persian: nava=new + rəzaŋh=day/daylight, meaning "new day/daylight", and still has the same meaning in the modern Persian (no=new + rouz=day; meaning "new day").

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Vernal equinox
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Today is the first day of northern spring.
 Equinox means "equal night", the day and night are equal in length today. From this day forward, the days will become longer.

The German fertility Goddess was Ostara, who was associated with fertility of both humans and crops. Ostara mated with the solar god on the Spring Equinox and nine months later she gave birth to a child around the Winter Solstice at 21st/22nd of December.
The Saxon name for the Germanic lunar goddess Ostara was Eostre. Her festival was held at the full moon after the Spring Equinox and the Catholics adopted this determination for their Easter
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Persian year closing with solar eclipse
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Eastern Iran is to witness a solar eclipse in the final hours of the current Persian year (which ends on March 20).
The present Persian year began with a partial transit of the Moon across the Sun at the start of spring twelve months ago.
Iranian astrology experts say the city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran will be the best place to watch the eclipse.
44 percent of the sun will be shaded by the moon for about 36 minutes.
Tomorrow's solar eclipse will be observable in most parts of Asia.

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The Beehive Cluster
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The Beehive Cluster, while not exactly a neon billboard, is a definite sign of spring in the late March skies. A brighter sign is the star Arcturus, the second- brightest nighttime star, now showing up in the low eastern sky between 9:30 and 10 p.m.
But this Sky Watch is about the Beehive Cluster, located in the very faint constellation Cancer, the crab. Don't bother trying to find this constellation — it's one of the faintest of the 66 constellations visible in Minnesota throughout the year. The Beehive Cluster is brighter than most of the stars in the constellation.
To find the Beehive, look in the high southeastern sky about halfway between the brighter constellations Leo, the lion, and Gemini, the twins. The Beehive Cluster is about 12 degrees, or one fist-width, to the upper right of the planet Saturn.

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Equinox
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Next Wednesday, March 21, may appear to be nothing special, but thousands of years ago March 21 was a very big deal. Even now it has implications for our calendar, in that it determines when Easter falls and — in many countries, but not Australia — marks the change of season to autumn or spring.
It is the equinox, when day and night are of the same length the world over, and when the sun rises and sets exactly due west and due east. In ancient times, the March and September equinoxes were two of the most important days of the year.

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