Here’s what’s going on this week in nature.
Try to identify the Pleiades at night. I’m fascinated by them, and I always look for them in the night sky. They are the brightest star cluster visible from Earth. Many stars in the Pleiades are blue due to how comparatively young they are.
Jupiter At Opposition:
On March 8, this planet will be at its closest point to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. See March Star Gazing: Jupiter and the Orion Nebula.
Venus and The Moon:
These two celestial bodies begin appearing together during the early morning hours of March 7.
Three Minutes More:
The speed of the daylight’s growth is greater near the vernal equinox, when light lingers for three more minutes each day. Near the solstices the lengths of day and night are almost equal.
Frozen ground turns to mud at 33 degrees Fahrenheit (0.5 degrees Celsius). The mud season begins after a few days, with higher latitudes and elevations generally thawing later.
A couple of days of winter rain or snowmelt signals spotted salamanders to emerge from their underground dens and migrate to vernal ponds to breed.
About ‘This Week in Nature’
To illustrate the widest range of natural events, I depict the seasonal activities found in the Northern Hemisphere, and I have chosen to present the most intense expressions of each season. My “This Week in Nature” posts are not meant to be specific to any one geographical area. They are intended to evoke the essence of the seasons and to emphasize the cycles of nature. The goal is to simply offer a glimpse of the natural phenomena that make each day an amazing event.
My hope is that your appreciation for nature grows and that you share this appreciation with others. If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe to this blog (at the top) for more.
“It is the first mild day of March
Each minute sweeter than before
The redbreast sings from the tall larch
That stands beside out door.
There is a blessing in the air,
Which seems a sense of joy to yield
To the bare trees, and the mountains bare,
And grass in the green field.”