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  Sky Calendar -- February 2023
1 Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is closest to Earth (42 million km) and at its brightest. Use binoculars or a telescope to see the comet which is best placed for northern hemisphere observers on this date. The sky map shows the comet's position at 0h UT on other dates.
See Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) (Sky & Telescope)
2 Moon near M35 star cluster at 1h UT (evening sky).
Messier 35 (Wikipedia)
3 Moon near Castor at 15h UT (evening sky).
3 Moon near Pollux at 21h UT (evening sky).
4 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 9h UT (distance 406,476km; angular size 29.4').
5 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 1h UT (midnight sky).
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
5 Full Moon at 18:30 UT.
6 Moon near Regulus at 23h UT (morning sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
11 Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) near Mars (see sky map). Requires binoculars or a telescope.
11 Moon near Spica at 9h UT (morning sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
13 Last Quarter Moon at 16:02 UT.
14 Moon near Antares at 20h UT (morning sky).
Antares (Wikipedia)
15 Venus 0.03° E of Neptune at 13h UT (28° from Sun, evening sky). Mags. −4.0 and 8.0.
Neptune (Wikipedia)
16 Saturn at conjunction with the Sun at 17h UT. The ringed planet (not visible) passes into the morning sky.
18 Moon near Mercury at 23h UT (19° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. −0.2.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
19 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 8:57 UT (distance 358,267km; angular size 33.4').
20 New Moon at 7:08 UT. Start of lunation 1239.
22 Moon near Venus at 10h UT (29° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. −4.0. Look out for this spectacular sight!
Venus (Wikipedia)
23 Moon near Jupiter at 0h UT (evening sky). Mag. −2.1. Occultation visible from Argentina, Antarctica, Chile and Falkland Islands.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
Lunar Occultation of Jupiter (In-the-Sky)
26 Moon near the Pleiades at 17h UT (evening sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
27 First Quarter Moon at 8:05 UT.
28 Moon near Mars at 5h UT (evening sky). Mag. 0.4. Occultation visible from eastern Greenland, Svalbard, western Russia and Jan Mayen.
Mars (Wikipedia)
Lunar Occultation of Mars (In-the-Sky)
Occultations of Mars in 2023 (IOTA)
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Standard Time = UT − 5 hours.
  • US Pacific Standard Time = UT − 8 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Daylight Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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