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February 2010

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Lunar Events

The New Moon for February occurs on Saturday February 13th. This makes that weekend February 13-14 the absolute best weekend for dark sky observing.

The Full Moon occurs on February 28th and is known as the Full Worm Moon or Full Lenten Moon.

Mercury

Mercury is observable in the morning hours of the month and is located, at the start of the month, in the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer). On February 9th, Mercury moves into the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat), and on February 27th, Mercury moves into the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer).

Mercury and Neptune

Sunrise, February,27th -
On February 27th and 28th Mercury passes

less than 2° of the planet Neptune.

At the end of the month Mercury is disappearing into the glare of the Sunrise.

Venus

The start of February finds Venus emerging from the Glare of the evening Sunset.  Venus is observable all evening, all month.  Venus begins the month in the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat) and on February 8th, crosses into the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer).

Venus and Neptune Sunset, February 9th - Venus passes less than 1° of the planet Neptune.

Sunset, February 16th - Venus passes less than 0°32’ of Jupiter.

The waxing, crescent Moon passes 4°45′ of Uranus.

Venus, Jupiter,Uranus and Moon

Mars

Since Mars reach Opposition on January 29th, Mars is in excellent position for observing, all night, all month.  Mars is located in the constellation Cancer in February, moving in retrograde motion.

Mars and M44

Sunset to the East, February 5th - Between February 1st and February 10th you may find Mars between 3°30’ and 4° of the Beehive Cluster (M44).

Jupiter

Jupiter can be observed the first week of February in the evening before it disappears into the Glare of the Sunset around February 8th. Jupiter is located, this month, in to constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer).

Venus, Jupiter,Uranus and Moon

Sunset, February 16th - It might be possible to locate Jupiter on the evening of February 16th by locating Venus which will pass within 0° 35’ of Jupiter.

The waxing, crescent Moon passes 4°45′ of Uranus.

Saturn

Since Saturn will reach Opposition next month, on March 21st.  Saturn is in excellent position for observing all month.  Saturn rises around 9:25 pm (PST) at the start or February and by the end of the month will rise around 7:30 pm (PST).

Saturn and Moon

February 2nd - The waning, gibbous Moon passes less than 8°15’ of Saturn.

Uranus

Uranus is located in the constellation Pisces (The Fish) until May 2012.  Uranus is observable in the evening hours of February, setting around 8:35 pm (PST) at the start of the month and setting around 6:55 pm (PST) at the end of February.

Sunset, February 16th - The waxing, crescent Moon passes 4°45′ of Uranus.

Venus passes less than 0°32’ of Jupiter.

Venus, Jupiter,Uranus and Moon

At the end of the month, Uranus will disappear into the glare of the sunset.

Neptune

Due to its proximity to the Sun, Neptune is not observable this month.  Neptune is located in the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat) until March 2010.

Venus and Neptune Sunset, February 9th - Venus passes less than 1° of the planet Neptune.

Pluto

Pluto is located in the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer) until the year 2023.  Pluto is observable in the morning hours of February, rising around 4:15 am at the start of the month and rising around 2:35 am (PST) at the end.

Pluto and Moon

Sunrise, February 9th - The waning, crescent Moon passes less than

8°10’ of Pluto.


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