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  Sky Calendar -- February 2017
1 Moon near Mars (50° from Sun) at 3h UT. Mag. 1.1.
4 First Quarter Moon at 4:19 UT.
5 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 5h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
5 Moon very near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 19h UT. Occultation visible from north Africa and southern Europe.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
6 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 14:15 UT (368,816 km; angular size 32.4').
9 Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 23h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
11 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse from 22:34 (10 Feb) to 02:53 UT, mid-eclipse at 00:44 UT. Best seen near mid-eclipse.
NASA Lunar Eclipse Page (NASA)
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 2017 February 11 (PDF) (NASA)
11 Full Moon at 00:33 UT.
11 Moon very near Regulus (midnight sky) at 13h UT. Occultation visible from Australia and New Zealand.
Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
15 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 17h UT. Mag. -2.2.
15 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 18h UT.
18 Venus at its brightest at 16h UT. Mag. -4.6.
18 Last Quarter Moon at 19:34 UT.
18 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 21h UT (distance 404,376 km; angular size 29.5').
21 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 0h UT. Mag. 0.5.
26 Annular Solar Eclipse from 12:11 to 17:36 UT. Greatest eclipse at 14:53 UT. Path of annularity extends from the southern Pacific Ocean, across Chile and Argentina, into the Atlantic Ocean and Africa.
NASA Solar Eclipse Page (NASA)
Annular Solar Eclipse of 2017 February 26 (GIF) (NASA)
26 New Moon at 14:59 UT. Start of lunation 1165.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
27 Mars 0.57° NNW of Uranus (43° from Sun, evening sky) at 0h UT. Mags. 1.3 and 5.9.
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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