Sky Calendar

February 2016
1Last Quarter Moon at 3:28 UT.
1Moon near Mars (87° from Sun, morning sky) at 10h UT. Mag. +0.8.
3Moon near Saturn (60° from Sun, morning sky) at 19h UT. Mag. +0.5.
6Moon near Venus (30° from Sun, morning sky) at 7h UT. Mag. -4.0.
6Moon near Mercury (26° from Sun, morning sky) at 16h UT. Mag. 0.0. A good opportunity to view this elusive planet.
7Mercury at greatest elongation, 26° west of Sun (morning sky) at 1h UT. Mag. 0.0.
8New Moon at 14:39 UT. Start of lunation 1152. 
11Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 3h UT (364,360 km; angular size 32.8').
13Mercury 4.0° E of Venus (25° and 29° from Sun, morning sky) at 3h UT. Mags. -0.1 and -4.0.
15First Quarter Moon at 7:46 UT.
15Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 14h UT. 
16Moon very near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 6h UT. Occultation visible from Hawaii, Philippines, Taiwan.
20Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 17h UT. 
22Moon near Regulus (midnight sky) at 12h UT.
22Full Moon at 18:20 UT.
24Moon near Jupiter (165° from Sun, morning sky) at 3h UT. Mag. -2.5.
26Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 23h UT.
27Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 3h UT (distance 405,383 km; angular size 29.5').
29Leap Day added to February so this year is 366 days long.
29Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. +0.8.