By Peter Forrester | February 3, 2019
Here are your skywatching events for the month of February. Happy viewing! I hope you will take advantage of a few warm days we have coming up to get out there and look at the stars.
Friday, February 1: Moon near Venus (morning).
Saturday, February 2: Moon near Saturn (morning).
Monday, February 4: New Moon at 4:04 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Tuesday, February 5: Moon at farthest from Earth, 4:00 PM.
Sunday, February 10: Moon near Mars at 5 PM.
Tuesday, February 12: First Quarter Moon at 5:26 PM.
Wednesday, February 13: Moon near the Pleiades star cluster, 6:00 AM.
Monday, February 18: Venus near Saturn, 8:00 AM.
Tuesday, February 19: Moon at closest to Earth, 3:51 AM. Also Full Moon at 10:54 AM.
Tuesday, February 26: Last Quarter Moon at 6:28 AM. Also Mercury furthest from the Sun in the sky, 8:00 PM. Note that this planet can only be seen with the naked eye for a brief period during morning or evening twilight, as it never gets far from the Sun. On this occasion it is only 18 degrees away from the Sun.
Wednesday, February 27: Moon near Jupiter, 11:00 AM.
Not all of these events will be visible in Milton, depending on when the daylight occurs. For more information, and additional events, see the Skymaps link below.
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Thalassoudis, Kym. (2000-18). Skymaps. Retrieved February 3, 2019 from skymaps.com.
Wikipedia. (2019, February 1). Mercury. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_(planet).