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03/15/2022 – Ephemeris – The Ides of March and our calendar

March 15, 2022

This is Ephemeris for Ides of March, Tuesday, March 15th. Today the Sun will be up for 11 hours and 53 minutes, setting at 7:49, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:53. The Moon, 3 days before full, will set at 7:36 tomorrow morning.

The first day of spring is the vernal equinox, which occurs in our time zone on March 20th. The Ides of March, the 15th, is pretty close to the vernal equinox and was the start of the year for a time with the Romans. It was the date in 44 BC that Julius Caesar was assassinated. March, named after the god Mars, was also for a long time the first month of the year, even to the point of starting the year on the Ides of March. They, for a time, had 10 months in their year, and consigned the winter months to sixty nondescript days. Later, they added January and February in front of March, which is why our 9th through 12th months are named September the 7th to December the 10th month.

The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan (EDT, UT – 4 hours). They may be different for your location.

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