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  Sky Calendar -- February 2021
3 Moon near Spica at 6h UT (morning sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
3 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 18:48 UT (distance 370,116 km; angular size 32.3').
4 Last Quarter Moon at 17:38 UT.
6 Moon near Antares at 12h UT (morning sky).
Antares (Wikipedia)
8 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 14h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
10 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 13h UT. Mag. 0.7.
10 Moon, Venus and Saturn within a circle of diameter 5.2° (14° from Sun, morning sky) at 16h UT. Mags. −3.9 and 0.7.
Venus (Wikipedia)
Saturn (Wikipedia)
10 Moon near Venus (11° from Sun, morning sky) at 23h UT. Mag. −3.9.
11 Jupiter 0.43° NNW of Venus at 15h UT (11° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. −2.0 and −3.9.
11 New Moon at 19:07 UT. Start of lunation 1214.
15 Mercury 3.9° NNW of Jupiter at 14h UT (14° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. 2.0 and −2.0.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
18 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 10h UT (distance 404,467 km; angular size 29.5').
19 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 2h UT. Mag. 0.7.
Mars (Wikipedia)
19 Moon near the Pleiades at 18h UT (evening sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
19 First Quarter Moon at 18:48 UT.
20 Moon near Aldebaran at 12h UT (evening sky).
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
23 Mercury 4.1°NE of Saturn at 8h UT (27° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. 0.6 and 0.7.
23 Moon near Castor at 21h UT (evening sky).
24 Moon near Pollux at 2h UT (evening sky).
25 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 3h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
26 Moon near Regulus at 18h UT (midnight sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
27 Full Moon at 8:18 UT.
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 to 2 hours after sunset, and look west 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)
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Standard Time = UT − 5 hours.
  • US Pacific Standard Time = UT − 8 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Summer Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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