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Astronomy Info & Events: February

The Visible Planets

Mercury is not visible this month from our location.

Venus is not visible this month from our geographical location.

Mars is the only naked-eye planet visible in our evening sky. Look for Mars high up in the southern sky after sunset. The planet continues to dim this month as the distance between Mars and the Earth continues to increase. Mars starts out the month in the constellation of Aries, the ram, but moves into the adjacent constellation of Taurus, the bull, on February 23. The first quarter Moon will be seen below Mars on the evening of February 18. Mars will pass just to the south of the Pleiades star cluster at the end month.

Jupiter is not visible this month from our location. It will however re-emerge low in our southeastern sky before sunrise during the first week of March.

Saturn is not visible this month from our location. It will also begin to re-emerge out of the Sun’s glare in the predawn sky in early March.

Moon Phases

February 4 Last Quarter Moon

February 11 New Moon

February 19 First Quarter Moon

February 27 Full Moon (Snow Blinding Moon)

Special Events

International Space Station (ISS) Observable Passes

Look for passes of the International Space Station in the early evening sky for the first five days of February. It then can be seen during passes before sunrise from February 20 to the end of the month. 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.

Three Mars spacecraft to arrive at Mars this month. The NASA Perseverance rover, China’s Tianwen-1 rover and the United Arab Emirates’ Hope mission will all be meeting up with the planet Mars this month!

February 1 Very sad 18th Anniversary of the loss of the Shuttle Columbia and Crew (2003).

February 2 Groundhog Day

February 8 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Edmonton Centre meeting

Virtual Zoom meeting. Free for anyone to attend.

See http://www.edmontonrasc.com for more details.

February 11 Venus and Jupiter conjunction but not visible from our latitude as both planets are lost in the glare of the rising Sun.

February 12 Chinese New Year! The year of the Ox begins.

February 14 Valentine’s Day

February 15 Family Day holiday

February 18 Clyde Tombaugh’s discovery of Pluto 91 years ago (1930).

First quarter Moon near the planet Mars in the evening sky.

NASA’s Perseverance rover to land on Mars!