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All sky watchers need a planisphere to quickly show the location of stars and constellations for any date and time. Note: Planispheres are designed for specific latitudes so be sure to select one for your latitude.

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  Sky Calendar -- February 2015
3 Moon near Beehive Cluster (midnight sky) at 9h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
3 Full Moon at 23:09 UT.
4 Moon near Jupiter (midnight sky) at 6h UT. Mag. -2.6.
5 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 6h UT.
6 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 6h UT (distance 406,150 km; angular size 29.4').
6 Jupiter at opposition at 18h UT. Best time to observe the largest planet in the solar system. Mag. -2.6.
Opposition (Wikipedia)
9 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 19h UT.
12 Last Quarter Moon at 3:50 UT.
13 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 0h UT. Mag. +0.5.
17 Moon near Mercury (26° from Sun, morning sky) at 4h UT. Mag. +0.3.
18 New Moon at 23:47 UT. Start of lunation 1140.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
19 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 7h UT (356,995 km; angular size 33.5').
21 Moon, Venus and Mars within circle diameter 2.0° (28° from Sun, evening sky) at 0h UT. Mags. -4.0 and +1.3.
Venus-Mars-Moon Triplet (Skymaps)
21 Moon very near Uranus (41° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. +5.9. Occultation visible from southeast Canada and northeast USA.
Occultation of Uranus (IOTA)
22 Venus 0.4° SSE of Mars (28° from Sun, evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. -4.0 and +1.3.
24 Mercury at greatest elongation, 27° west of Sun (morning sky) at 16h UT. Mag +0.1.
25 First Quarter Moon at 17:14 UT.
25 Moon very near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 23h UT. Occultation visible from Scandinavia.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
Aldebaran (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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