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Astronomy Info & Events: February

The Visible Planets

Mercury is not visible from our latitude this month. However, southern hemisphere observers will get a good view of Mercury in the predawn eastern sky this month.

Venus is visible as the brightest object in the west-southwestern sky after sunset, gaining elevation from day to day during the month. After sunset on February 21, look for a nice grouping of Venus with the planet Jupiter and the waxing crescent Moon.

Mars is found high in the southern sky after sunset and is still found within the constellation of Taurus, the bull. Over the month you can watch Mars move in an eastward direction through the stars that make up the bull’s upper horn. As the month progresses, Mars will continue to slowly decrease in brightness as the distance between Mars and the Earth increases. After sunset on February 27, look for Mars just to the lower left of the waxing gibbous Moon.

Jupiter is seen in the southwest sky after sunset. It sinks lower in the sky from night to night, joining the brighter planet Venus and the waxing crescent Moon very low along the west-southwestern horizon after sunset on February 21. On February 22, look for Jupiter just to the right of the waxing crescent Moon. On February 28, look for Jupiter very close to the brighter Venus.

Saturn is not visible this month. It is at conjunction on February 16.

Moon Phases

February 5 Full Moon (The Snow Blinding Moon) Smallest Full Moon in 2023

February 13 Last Quarter Moon

February 20 New Moon

February 27 First Quarter Moon

Special Events

International Space Station (ISS) Observable Passes

Look for passes of the International Space Station in the early evening sky from February 6 to February 10 and then in the early morning sky, before sunrise, from February 12 to February 15. 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 - Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) seen all night long (circumpolar from our latitude). It's unknown how bright this comet will get but it will be closest to Earth on February 1.

February 1 Very sad 20th Anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia and Crew (2003).

February 13 Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) Edmonton Centre meeting

Live in the Zeidler Dome at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton and presented virtually through Zoom.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 pm

Free for anyone to attend.

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

February 16 Saturn in conjunction with the Sun.

February 18 Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto 93 years ago (1930).

February 22 Venus, Jupiter, and the waxing crescent Moon in the western sky after sunset.