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  Sky Calendar -- February 2016
1 Last Quarter Moon at 3:28 UT.
1 Moon near Mars (87° from Sun, morning sky) at 10h UT. Mag. +0.8.
3 Moon near Saturn (60° from Sun, morning sky) at 19h UT. Mag. +0.5.
6 Moon near Venus (30° from Sun, morning sky) at 7h UT. Mag. -4.0.
6 Moon near Mercury (26° from Sun, morning sky) at 16h UT. Mag. 0.0. A good opportunity to view this elusive planet.
7 Mercury at greatest elongation, 26° west of Sun (morning sky) at 1h UT. Mag. 0.0.
8 New Moon at 14:39 UT. Start of lunation 1152.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
11 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 3h UT (364,360 km; angular size 32.8').
13 Mercury 4.0° E of Venus (25° and 29° from Sun, morning sky) at 3h UT. Mags. -0.1 and -4.0.
15 First Quarter Moon at 7:46 UT.
15 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 14h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
16 Moon very near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 6h UT. Occultation visible from Hawaii, Philippines, Taiwan.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
20 Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 17h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
22 Moon near Regulus (midnight sky) at 12h UT.
22 Full Moon at 18:20 UT.
24 Moon near Jupiter (165° from Sun, morning sky) at 3h UT. Mag. -2.5.
26 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 23h UT.
27 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 3h UT (distance 405,383 km; angular size 29.5').
29 Leap Day added to February so this year is 366 days long.
29 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. +0.8.
The Zodiacal Light is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2 hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow extending up from the horizon
(along the ecliptic). The best months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern hemisphere.
Zodiacal Light (Wikipedia)
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
Photographing the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

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