Astronomy Info & Events - February

Moon Phases

February 7 Last Quarter Moon
February 15 New Moon
February 23 First Quarter Moon
No Full Moon in this month of February!

Special Events

International Space Station (ISS) Observable Passes

Look for passes of the International Space Station in the early evening sky for the first two weeks of February.  Exact times of these passages for your location can be found by visiting the website http://www.heavens-above.com or by using satellite tracking smart phone apps like Sputnik.

February 1: 15th Anniversary of the loss of the Shuttle Columbia and Crew (2003).

February 8/9: Look for a nice conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Mars with the Moon during the pre-dawn hours.

February 11: Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Edmonton Centre) meeting. 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the IMAX Theatre at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton. Free to attend. Visit the RASC Website for more information

February 18: Clyde Tombaugh’s discovery of Pluto 88 years ago (1930).

Planets

Mercury is not visible this month as it is at superior conjunction (on the other side of the Sun as viewed from the Earth) on February 17.

Venus slowly emerges out of the Sun’s glare along the western horizon at sunset by the end of the month.

Mars rises in the early pre-dawn hours in the southeastern sky and then is found low in the southern sky by sunrise.  Mars will be located in the constellation of Scorpius, the scorpion, during the first week of the month, moving into the adjacent constellation of Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer, for the rest of the month. 

Jupiter is located in the constellation of Libra, the scales, and is seen rising in the early predawn hours along the east-southeast horizon.  By sunrise, Jupiter stands about 20 degree above the southern horizon.  On the mornings of February 7 and 8 Jupiter will be the bright point of light near the last quarter Moon.

Saturn appears low above the southeastern horizon before sunrise for the month and is located in the constellation of Sagittarius, the archer.  During the pre-dawn hours of February 11, Saturn can be seen below the waning crescent Moon.