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.
5 Moon very near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 19h UT. Occultation visible from north Africa and southern Europe.
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.
11 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse from 22:34 (10 Feb) to 02:53 UT, mid-eclipse at 00:44 UT. Best seen near mid-eclipse.
11 Full Moon at 00:33 UT.
11 Moon very near Regulus (midnight sky) at 13h UT. Occultation visible from Australia and New Zealand.
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.
26 New Moon at 14:59 UT. Start of lunation 1165.
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.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.