|1||Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 19h UT.|
|5||Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 17h UT.|
|7||Last Quarter Moon at 15:55 UT.|
|7||Moon near Jupiter (87° from Sun, morning sky) at 22h UT. Mag. −2.0. Jupiter is spectacular even in a small telescope. Its four brightest moons are visible in binoculars.|
|9||Moon near Mars (72° from Sun, morning sky) at 7h UT. Mag. 1.1. The supergiant red star Antares is nearby.|
|11||Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 14h UT (distance 405,700 km; angular size 29.5′).|
|11||Moon near Saturn (47° from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT. Mag. 0.6.|
|12||Mars 5.1° N of Antares (73° from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mags. 1.0 and 1.1.|
|15||Partial Eclipse of the Sun at 20:51 UT (greatest). Visible from southern South America and Antarctica. Begins at 18:56, ends at 22:47 UT.
• Solar Eclipses: 2011 – 2030 (Mr Eclipse)
• Partial Solar Eclipse of 2018 February 15 (GIF)
|15||New Moon at 21:06 UT. Start of lunation 1177.
• Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
|17||Mercury at superior conjunction with Sun at 12h UT. The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.|
|23||Moon near the Pleiades at 1h UT (evening sky).|
|23||First Quarter Moon at 8:08 UT.|
|23||Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 17h UT.|
|27||Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 15h UT (363,933 km; angular size 32.8′).|
|27||Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 17h UT.
• Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
• M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
|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 2018 Sky All times Universal Time (UT).|