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March 16, 2012

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31 Days
Moon
Illum.
percent
Mercury
Elong.
degs
Mercury
Dist.
AU
Venus
Elong.
degs
Venus
Dist.
AU
Mars
Elong.
degs
Mars
Dist.
AU
Jupiter
Elong.
degs
Jupiter
Dist.
AU
Saturn
Elong.
degs
Saturn
Dist.
AU
Uranus
Elong.
degs
Uranus
Dist.
AU
Neptune
Elong.
degs
Neptune
Dist.
AU
Fri  16 39.8% 10.50 0.6713 45.66 0.7957 162.68 0.6856 44.09 5.6544 147.24 8.8771 9.13 21.0694 24.94 30.9486
Sat  17 29.5% 9.01 0.6560 45.72 0.7881 161.38 0.6879 43.30 5.6656 148.29 8.8682 8.19 21.0722 25.90 30.9414
Sun  18 20.3% 7.43 0.6424 45.78 0.7805 160.08 0.6905 42.51 5.6767 149.34 8.8596 7.26 21.0747 26.85 30.9340
Mon  19 12.6% 5.80 0.6307 45.83 0.7728 158.78 0.6933 41.72 5.6877 150.39 8.8513 6.32 21.0769 27.81 30.9263
Tues  20 6.7% 4.18 0.6208 45.87 0.7652 157.50 0.6962 40.94 5.6984 151.45 8.8432 5.40 21.0789 28.77 30.9184
Wed  21 2.5% 2.73 0.6128 45.91 0.7575 156.22 0.6994 40.15 5.7091 152.50 8.8354 4.47 21.0806 29.73 30.9103
Thurs  22 0.3% 2.08 0.6066 45.95 0.7498 154.95 0.7027 39.37 5.7195 153.55 8.8279 3.55 21.0820 30.69 30.9019
Fri  23 0.1% 2.88 0.6022 45.98 0.7421 153.69 0.7063 38.59 5.7298 154.61 8.8207 2.64 21.0831 31.64 30.8932
Sat  24 1.7% 4.40 0.5996 46.00 0.7344 152.44 0.7100 37.81 5.7399 155.66 8.8137 1.76 21.0840 32.60 30.8843
Sun  25 5.1% 6.12 0.5985 46.02 0.7267 151.20 0.7138 37.03 5.7499 156.71 8.8070 0.99 21.0846 33.56 30.8752
Mon  26 10.1% 7.86 0.5991 46.03 0.7189 149.97 0.7179 36.25 5.7597 157.77 8.8006 0.78 21.0849 34.52 30.8658
Tues  27 16.5% 9.59 0.6011 46.04 0.7112 148.75 0.7221 35.48 5.7693 158.82 8.7945 1.41 21.0849 35.47 30.8562
Wed  28 24.1% 11.26 0.6046 46.04 0.7034 147.55 0.7265 34.71 5.7787 159.87 8.7887 2.25 21.0847 36.43 30.8463
Thurs  29 32.6% 12.88 0.6093 46.03 0.6957 146.36 0.7310 33.93 5.7880 160.92 8.7831 3.15 21.0842 37.39 30.8363
Fri  30 42.0% 14.41 0.6152 46.01 0.6879 145.18 0.7357 33.16 5.7971 161.98 8.7779 4.06 21.0833 38.34 30.8260
Sat  31 51.8% 15.86 0.6221 45.99 0.6801 144.01 0.7406 32.39 5.8060 163.03 8.7729 4.98 21.0823 39.30 30.8154
Sun  1 61.9% 17.22 0.6300 45.96 0.6723 142.86 0.7456 31.63 5.8147 164.08 8.7682 5.90 21.0809 40.25 30.8047
Mon  2 71.8% 18.49 0.6389 45.92 0.6645 141.72 0.7507 30.86 5.8233 165.13 8.7639 6.82 21.0793 41.21 30.7937
Tues  3 81.1% 19.66 0.6485 45.87 0.6567 140.59 0.7560 30.10 5.8317 166.18 8.7598 7.75 21.0774 42.16 30.7825
Wed  4 89.1% 20.74 0.6588 45.81 0.6489 139.48 0.7614 29.33 5.8399 167.22 8.7560 8.67 21.0752 43.12 30.7712
Thurs  5 95.2% 21.73 0.6698 45.75 0.6411 138.38 0.7670 28.57 5.8479 168.27 8.7525 9.60 21.0728 44.07 30.7596
Fri  6 99.0% 22.62 0.6813 45.67 0.6334 137.29 0.7726 27.81 5.8557 169.31 8.7494 10.52 21.0701 45.03 30.7478
Sat  7 99.9% 23.43 0.6933 45.59 0.6256 136.21 0.7784 27.05 5.8634 170.35 8.7465 11.45 21.0671 45.98 30.7357
Sun  8 97.8% 24.16 0.7058 45.49 0.6178 135.15 0.7843 26.30 5.8709 171.38 8.7439 12.37 21.0638 46.94 30.7235
Mon  9 92.9% 24.80 0.7186 45.39 0.6100 134.11 0.7903 25.54 5.8781 172.40 8.7417 13.30 21.0603 47.89 30.7111
Tues  10 85.5% 25.37 0.7319 45.27 0.6022 133.07 0.7965 24.78 5.8852 173.41 8.7397 14.22 21.0565 48.85 30.6986
Wed  11 76.2% 25.86 0.7454 45.15 0.5945 132.05 0.8027 24.03 5.8922 174.41 8.7380 15.15 21.0524 49.80 30.6858
Thurs  12 65.8% 26.28 0.7592 45.01 0.5867 131.04 0.8090 23.28 5.8989 175.38 8.7367 16.07 21.0481 50.75 30.6728
Fri  13 54.9% 26.63 0.7732 44.85 0.5790 130.05 0.8155 22.53 5.9054 176.30 8.7356 17.00 21.0435 51.71 30.6597
Sat  14 44.1% 26.92 0.7874 44.69 0.5712 129.06 0.8220 21.78 5.9118 177.13 8.7349 17.92 21.0386 52.66 30.6464
Sun  15 33.9% 27.14 0.8018 44.51 0.5635 128.09 0.8286 21.03 5.9179 177.75 8.7345 18.85 21.0335 53.61 30.6329

Elong. is a planet's elongation: the angle between the Sun and the planet. It measures the visual distance of a planet from the Sun, as seen from Earth, with values from 0 to 180° degrees. A planet with an elongation close to 180° is visible on the meridian at midnight local time.
Dist. is a planet's distance from the Earth in astronomical units (mean distance between Earth and Sun). Planets appear larger through a telescope when they are closer to the Earth for better viewing opportunities.
Graphic: the above image shows the Sun and planets on the ecliptic, with the exception of the Earth, the observer's location. Planets to the left of the Sun in the above graphic are visible after sunset, and planets shown to the right of the Sun are best visible before sunrise. Planets are not visible when they are too close to the Sun (elongation < 15°) except during total solar eclipses.