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Tonight (March 29) at 8pm local time on the 29 March 2008, millions of people around the world will unite and switch off for Earth Hour.
Join in by turning off your lights for one hour.

Earth Hour is an international event that asks households and businesses to turn off their lights and non-essential electrical appliances for one hour...
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The festival of colours, Holi, is being celebrated today. The Holi festival is one of the most auspicious days of the Hindu calendar and marks the beginning of spring.

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NASA is to hold a news conference to present new findings on the composition of the icy plumes of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The findings were obtained during the closest flyby of the moon by the Cassini spacecraft on March 12th, 2008.
The news conference will be at 2 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, March 26, and take place in the NASA Headquarters television studio, 300 E St., S.W., Washington.
The news conference will be also broadcast live on NASA Television.

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Spring has arrived!
Spring or Vernal Equinox marks when the Sun crosses the equator into the northern hemisphere.
The exact moment occurred at 05:57 UT today.

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Mars is beside the Moon in the constellation Gemini tonight

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March 14th is Pi (3.14159) Day

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The magnitude 13 asteroid  (45) Eugenia and its two satellites occult the magnitude 5.7 star SAO 94227 (HIP 23043), at 5:32 - 5:45 UT, March 9, 2008.
The event will be visible  along a track stretching across the entire Pacific, starting over Indonesia. Observers in Mexico  should  have an excellent view at just after  5:43 UT.

Position(2000): RA 4 57 22.334,  Dec 17 9 13.13

Occultation SAO 94227.kmz
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On March 17th, the asteroid 1620 Geographos will make a close approach to Earth (49 lunar distances, 0.125 AU). The 5.1 x 1.8 kilometre sized asteroid should be visible as a magnitude 13 star in 8 or larger telescopes.

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