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  Sky Calendar -- February 2014
1 Moon near Mercury (18° from Sun, evening sky) at 5h UT.
6 First Quarter Moon at 19:21 UT.
7 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 18h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
8 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 15h UT.
11 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 5h UT. Mag. -2.6.
11 Venus brightest at 23h UT. Mag. -4.6.
12 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 5h UT (distance 406,231 km; angular size 29.4').
14 Full Moon at 23:54 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near Beehive Cluster (evening sky) at 11h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
15 Moon near Regulus (midnight sky) at 8h UT.
15 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 20h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky. Not visible.
19 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 18h UT.
19 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 22h UT. Mag. -0.2.
21 Moon very near Saturn (100° from Sun, morning sky) at 22h UT. Mag. +0.5. Occultation visible along SE Africa, Madagascar, and Reunion Island.
Occultation of Saturn (IOTA)
22 Last Quarter Moon at 17:16 UT.
23 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 3h UT.
26 Moon very near Venus (44° from Sun, morning sky) at 5h UT. Mag. -4.6. Occultation visible from western Africa (nighttime) and during daytime from eastern Africa, India and Thailand.
Occultation of Venus (IOTA)
27 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 20h UT (360,440 km; angular size 33.2').
27 Moon near Mercury (21° from Sun, evening sky) at 20h 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 1-2 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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