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Current Astronomy "Headlines"


Full Moon
February 3


Last Quarter February 11


New Moon February 18


First Quarter
February 25

Listed below are notable astronomical events coming up for the month of
February 2015:

Naked-Eye Planets

Mercury
In February, Mercury is a morning object, rising before the Sun in the east and coming to superior conjunction on the 24th of the month in the constellation Capricornus.

Venus
Venus is setting in the evening sky after sunset in February, starting off by Neptune in the constellation at the beginning of the month, but ending up setting later than Mars in Pisces by month’s end.

Mars
In February, Mars is in the same part of the sky as Venus in Aquarius, but exhibits slower annual motion. Venus closes the gap with Mars all month until it (and the Moon) overtakes Mars on the evening of the 20th. Thereafter, Mars sets earlier than Venus for the rest of the month.

Jupiter
February is the best month this year for stargazing for Jupiter! Jupiter comes to solar opposition on the 6th of the month, and thereafter is already in the evening sky after sunset. Enjoy!

Saturn
In February, Saturn begins the month rising at a little after 2:30 a.m. within about a degree of the star Acrab (Beta1 Scorpii) in the head of the Scorpion. Saturn moves in annual motion only very slowly, finishing about 2-3 degrees farther east by month’s end.

Telescopic Planets

Uranus
In February, Uranus is in the constellation Pisces all month long. At the end of the month, Uranus is in a line with Venus and Mars, although the latter 2 planets are catching up to Uranus, not the other way around!

Neptune
Neptune is low in the west in the early evening after sunset, starting the month close to Venus, but then sinking steadily into the glare of sunset, and finally reaching solar conjunction by the evening of the 25th of the February. For the remainder of the month, Neptune rises deep in the glare of the sun in the morning sky.

Dwarf Planets

Ceres
Ceres in in February is in the constellation Sagittarius for the whole month, traversing most of it in that time.

Pluto
Like Ceres, Pluto is in the constellation Sagittarius all month long, but (as usual) barely moves in annual motion through the constellation.

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Meteor Showers - http://amsmeteors.org/showers.html

Viewable Comets - http://cometography.com/current_comets.html

Special events - http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights

 

 

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