February 2017 Sky
|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.
• The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
|5||Moon very near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 19h UT. Occultation visible from north Africa and southern Europe.
• Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
|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.
• Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
• M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
|11||Penumbral Lunar Eclipse from 22:34 (10 Feb) to 02:53 UT, mid-eclipse at 00:44 UT. Best seen near mid-eclipse.
• NASA Lunar Eclipse Page (NASA)
• Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 2017 February 11 (PDF) (NASA)
|11||Full Moon at 00:33 UT.|
|11||Moon very near Regulus (midnight sky) at 13h UT. Occultation visible from Australia and New Zealand.
• Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
|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.
• NASA Solar Eclipse Page (NASA)
• Annular Solar Eclipse of 2017 February 26 (GIF) (NASA)
|26||New Moon at 14:59 UT. Start of lunation 1165.
• Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
|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.
• Zodiacal Light (Wikipedia)
• Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
• Photographing the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)
|February 2017 Sky All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT – 5 hours.|