Since the new moon occurs on Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 the weekends of February 2nd-3rd and February 9th-10th will be good for dark sky observing.
Total Lunar Eclipse - February 20th, 2008
An Eclipse occurs when one astronomical object moves into the shadow of another. The two types of eclipses of most interest to Earthlings, are Solar Eclipses when the Moon’s shadow is cast across the seurface of the Earth, and Lunar Eclipses where the Earth’s shadow is cast onto the Moon. Lunar and Solar Eclipses usually occur two weeks from each other. Solar Eclpse always occur during a New Moon and Lunar Eclipses always occur during a Full Moon.
At the beginning of the month, Mercury is vanishing into the glare of the evening sunset and re-appears around February 12th in the morning. As the month progresses and Mercury is moving away from the Sun, Venus is moving toward the glare of the Sun, so that by February 22nd, Venus is with 3°30’ of Mercury.
Mercury starts out the month in the constellation Capricornus, the Sea Goat and by the 3rd of Feburary it crosses into the constellation Aqaurius, the Water Bearer. Just as Mercury re-appears in the morning, on February 13th, Mercury returns to the constellation Capricornus
will pass within 1°10’ of Mars.
Jupiter is located in the constellation Sagittarius, the Archer, until January 2009. Jupiter is found in the morning hours all month. On February 1st Jupiter is found within 0°40’ of the Morning Star, Venus.
crescent Moon, within 6°.
within about 5°40’ of each other.
Febuary 1st, 2008 - Uranus‘ position at sunset.
The planet-formerly-known-as-Pluto is located in the constellation Sagittarius until 2023. Pluto can be found in the morning hours all month. At the beginning of the month, Pluto rises around 4:00am (PST) and by the end of the month Pluto is rising around 2:00am (PST).
and Neptune at sunrise, mid-month.