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Guide to the Night Sky 2020
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  Sky Calendar -- February 2020
2 First Quarter Moon at 1:42 UT.
3 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 14h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
4 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 7h UT.
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
7 Moon near Castor (evening sky) at 9h UT.
7 Moon near Pollux (evening sky) at 13h UT.
8 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 12h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
9 Full Moon at 7:33 UT.
10 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 0h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
10 Mercury at greatest elongation east (18° from Sun, evening sky) at 14h UT. Mag. −0.5.
10 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 20:31 UT (distance 360,461 km; angular size 33.1').
13 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 16h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
15 Last Quarter Moon at 22:18 UT.
17 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 0h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
18 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 14h UT. Mag. 1.2.
Mars (Wikipedia)
19 Moon near Jupiter (43° from Sun, morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. −1.9.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
20 Moon near Saturn (34° from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT. Mag. 0.6.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
23 New Moon at 15:33 UT. Start of lunation 1202.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
26 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 2h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
26 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 12h UT (distance 406,278 km; angular size 29.4').
27 Moon near Venus (44° from Sun, evening sky) at 18h UT. Mag. −4.2.
Venus (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 west 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)
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Standard Time = UT − 5 hours.
  • US Pacific Standard Time = UT − 8 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Summer Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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