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  Sky Calendar -- February 2007
2 Full Moon at 5:45 UT. The full Moon of February is called the "Snow Moon", "Hunger Moon" or "Wolf Moon".
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
2 Moon very near Saturn at 24h UT (midnight sky). Occultation visible from Scandinavia, Russia, central Asia, and w. India.
Occultation of Saturn (IOTA)
3 Moon very near Regulus at 15h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from NW North America.
Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
4 Mercury near Venus at 23h UT (evening sky). Look for elusive Mercury about 6° west of Venus above the western horizon. Mags. -3.9 and -0.8.
7 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 13h UT (distance 404,992 km; angular size 29.5').
7 Mercury at greatest elongation, 18° east from Sun (evening sky) at 18h UT. Mag. -0.5, low in the west (look below Venus after sunset).
7 Venus 0.7° SE of Uranus at 20h UT (evening sky). Mags. -3.9 and +5.9.
8 Moon very near Spica at 2h UT (morning sky).
10 Last Quarter Moon at 9:51 UT.
10 Saturn at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 18h UT. Visible all night long, the ringed planet is at its brightest (mag. +0.0) and closest (disk diameter 20.3") all year. Saturn's rings appear magnificent even in a small telescope.
11 Moon very near Antares at 22h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from Reunion and Mauritius.
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
15 Moon near Mars at 3h UT (morning sky). Mag. +1.3.
17 New Moon at 16:14 UT. Beginning of lunation 1041.
19 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 10h UT (361,434 km; 33.1').
19 Moon near Venus at 16h UT (evening sky).
23 Moon very near the Pleiades at 23h UT (evening sky).
Occultation of Pleiades (IOTA)
24 First Quarter Moon at 7:56 UT.
27 Moon near Pollux at 23h UT (evening sky).
Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) is now a circumpolar object for sky watchers in the southern hemisphere (see sky map). The comet will fade significantly during the month as it moves further from the Sun each day. A spectacular naked-eye object in January, a pair of binoculars or telescope will soon be required to observe the now famous Comet McNaught.
The Discovery of Comet McNaught (Rob McNaught)
The Zodiacal Light. Late February (northern hemisphere) is the best time of the year to look for the zodiacal light (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 along the ecliptic in the west for a large triangular-shaped glow extending up from the horizon.
Zodiacal Light (Wikipedia)
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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