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  Sky Calendar -- February 2013
2 Moon very near Spica (109° from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Occultation visible in Madagascar and southern Africa.
Occultation of Spica (US Naval Observatory)
Occultation of Spica (IOTA)
3 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 7h UT. Mag. +0.5.
3 Last Quarter Moon at 13:57 UT.
5 Moon near Antares (67° from Sun, morning sky) at 6h UT.
7 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 12h UT (365,318 km; 32.7').
8 Mercury 0.27° NNW of Mars (15° from Sun, evening sky) at 18h UT. Mags. -1.0 & +1.2.
9 Moon near Venus (12° from Sun, morning sky) at 10h UT. Mag. -3.9.
10 New Moon at 7:22 UT. Start of lunation 1115.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
11 Moon near Mars (15° from Sun, evening sky) at 10h UT. Mag. +1.2.
11 Moon near Mercury (17° from Sun, evening sky) at 16h UT. Mag. -0.9.
16 Mercury at greatest elongation, 18° east of Sun (evening sky) at 21h UT. Mag. -0.5.
17 First Quarter Moon at 20:30 UT.
17 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 22h UT.
Pleiades (star cluster) (Wikipedia)
18 Moon very near Jupiter (evening sky) at 12h UT. Occultation visible in southern Australia. Mag. -2.4. [Sky Maps]
Occultation of Jupiter (US Naval Observatory)
Occultation of Jupiter (IOTA)
18 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 20h UT.
19 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 6h UT (distance 404,472 km; angular size 29.5').
23 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) (evening sky) at 13h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
25 Moon near Regulus (midnight sky) at 6h UT.
25 Full Moon at 20:28 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
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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