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  Sky Calendar -- February 2019
1 Moon near Venus (morning sky). Mag. −4.3. Spectacular!
Venus (Wikipedia)
2 Moon near Saturn (28° from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Mag. 0.6.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
4 New Moon at 21:04 UT. Start of lunation 1189.
5 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 9h UT (distance 406,555 km; angular size 29.4').
10 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. 1.0.
Mars (Wikipedia)
12 First Quarter Moon at 22:26 UT.
13 Mars 1.0° NNW of Uranus (65° from Sun, evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. 1.0 and 5.8.
Mars (Wikipedia)
Uranus (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near the Pleiades (96° from Sun, evening sky) at 11h UT. The Hyades nearby.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
14 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 4h UT.
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
17 Moon near Pollux (evening sky) at 6h UT.
18 Venus 1.1° N of Saturn (43° from Sun, morning sky) at 13h UT. Mags. −4.1 and 0.6.
19 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 8:51 UT (356,761 km; angular size 33.5').
19 Moon near Regulus (midnight sky) at 15h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
19 Full Moon at 15:54 UT. Perigee 7 hours earlier.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
23 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 6h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
26 Last Quarter Moon at 11:28 UT.
26 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 17h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
27 Mercury at greatest elongation east (18° from Sun, evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. −0.3.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
27 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 16h UT. Mag. −2.0.
Jupiter (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.
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • USA Eastern Standard Time = UT − 5 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Summer Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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