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Pink Floyd's 1994 Division Bell tour started at the end of March that year, and the show kicked off with a big surprise for the audience - Astronomy Domine, performed live for the first time since 1971. This promo shot shows Nick, David and Richard in front of the memorable staging for the concerts.

Pink Floyd's 1994 Division Bell tour started at the end of March that year, and the show kicked off with a big surprise for the audience - Astronomy Domine, performed live for the first time since 1971. This promo shot shows Nick, David and Richard in front of the memorable staging for the concerts.

In March, 4 of the 5 bright planets - Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Mercury - are in the evening sky. Saturn is still a morning planet, for now.

In March, 4 of the 5 bright planets - Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Mercury - are in the evening sky. Saturn is still a morning planet, for now.

The S-II second stage is moved into position for mating with the S-IC first stage March 21, 1969

The S-II second stage is moved into position for mating with the S-IC first stage March 21, 1969

Step 1: Send out an invite for March 8, 2016.    Webcast: 5:00–6:15 p.m. PST    Telescope Feed: 4:00–7:15 p.m. PST        Step 2: Set the stage for your eclipse party.      Think moon pies, sun-dried goodies, and astronomy-themed decor. We're leaving this one open-ended for the Pinterest-lovers out there.

Step 1: Send out an invite for March 8, 2016. Webcast: 5:00–6:15 p.m. PST Telescope Feed: 4:00–7:15 p.m. PST Step 2: Set the stage for your eclipse party. Think moon pies, sun-dried goodies, and astronomy-themed decor. We're leaving this one open-ended for the Pinterest-lovers out there.

The private spaceflight company SpaceX test fired a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday (March 9), setting the stage for a commercial satellite launch next week.

The private spaceflight company SpaceX test fired a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday (March 9), setting the stage for a commercial satellite launch next week.

The moon is waning, appearing later each night. It's in a pretty inconspicuous place in our sky. But if you start watching these objects now, you'll get a preview of their excellent show coming up this June.

The moon is waning, appearing later each night. It's in a pretty inconspicuous place in our sky. But if you start watching these objects now, you'll get a preview of their excellent show coming up this June.

Thor's Helmet is an interstellar bubble about 15,000 light-years from Earth located in the constellation Canis Major. Cataloged as NGC 2359, it is the result of a pre-supernova Wolf-Rayet star sweeping its surrounding molecular cloud.

Thor's Helmet is an interstellar bubble about 15,000 light-years from Earth located in the constellation Canis Major. Cataloged as NGC 2359, it is the result of a pre-supernova Wolf-Rayet star sweeping its surrounding molecular cloud.

Diamond Rings and Baily's Beads

Diamond Rings and Baily's Beads (Astronomy Picture of the Day RSS Feed)

MWC 922: The Red Square Nebula  Credit & Copyright: Peter Tuthill (Sydney U.) & James Lloyd (Cornell)     The above image combines infrared exposures from the Hale Telescope on Mt. Palomar in California, & the Keck-2 Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. A leading progenitor hypothesis for the square nebula is that the central star or stars somehow expelled cones of gas during a late developmental stage. For MWC 922, these cones happen to incorporate nearly right angles & be visible from the…

MWC 922: The Red Square Nebula Credit & Copyright: Peter Tuthill (Sydney U.) & James Lloyd (Cornell) The above image combines infrared exposures from the Hale Telescope on Mt. Palomar in California, & the Keck-2 Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. A leading progenitor hypothesis for the square nebula is that the central star or stars somehow expelled cones of gas during a late developmental stage. For MWC 922, these cones happen to incorporate nearly right angles & be visible from the…

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a used first stage launches the SES-10 communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 30, 2017.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a used first stage launches the SES-10 communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 30, 2017.

In Photos: SpaceX Launches, Lands 1st Reused Falcon 9 Rocket A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a used first stage launches the SES-10 communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 30, 2017. Read more.

In Photos: SpaceX Launches, Lands 1st Reused Falcon 9 Rocket A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a used first stage launches the SES-10 communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on March 30, 2017. Read more.

First SpaceX Re-Flown Rocket Stage to be Gift to the Cape, Says Elon Musk

First SpaceX Re-Flown Rocket Stage to be Gift to the Cape, Says Elon Musk

On March 20 – same date as the 2015 March equinox – the moon turns new only 14 hours after reaching lunar perigee – moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit. Thus this moon is a supermoon – at the new phase – not visible in our sky, but having a larger-than-average effect on Earth’s oceans. Plus this new supermoon swings right in front of the equinox sun on March 20, so that the moon’s shadow falls on parts of Earth.

On March 20 – same date as the 2015 March equinox – the moon turns new only 14 hours after reaching lunar perigee – moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit. Thus this moon is a supermoon – at the new phase – not visible in our sky, but having a larger-than-average effect on Earth’s oceans. Plus this new supermoon swings right in front of the equinox sun on March 20, so that the moon’s shadow falls on parts of Earth.

Data collected Feb. 28 – March 12, 2017, by the U.S./European Jason-3 satellite

Could Leftover Heat from Last El Niño Fuel a New One?

Data collected Feb. 28 – March 12, 2017, by the U.S./European Jason-3 satellite