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The sky is not a painting, it's a movie. Stars pulse, flare, some explode as supernova, asteroids whiz by the earth, new comets appear in the sky, Aurora sets the northern skies ablaze and meteors streak through Earth's atmosphere.
The Full Moon for February
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The Full Snow Moon – February Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.
February Lunar Highlights
On February 13th in the eastern morning sky the Moon and Saturn are an Angular separation: 05°30'12" degrees apart. On February 20th, Venus and Mars are 00°44'03" apart from each other and about 2 degrees from a thin almost two day old crescent Moon image. On February 21st Uranus is occulted by the Moon, an event that will be visible for most of the United States. See Uranus. On February 25th the Moon is Angular separation: 00°36'56" from the star Aldebaran in Taurus.
Below image of Moon and Aldebaran at 6:00 p.m. February 25th.
The Planets Visibility for February
Morning sky ESE
Mercury re-appears in the morning sky after midmonth. But very low on the horizon and difficult to observe. Mercury is at it's greatest western elongation from the Sun on February 24th.
Evening sky WSW
Venus is becoming more prominent now and visible right after sunset in the west southwest. Venus midmonth is at -3.9 magnitude and a diameter of 00°00'.12" located in the constellation Aquarius setting at 7:56 p.m. and on the 16th crosses into Pisces. Watch on February 21st when Mars and Venus appear close together at only an Angular separation: 00°26'08" apart.
The Moon , Venus and Mars below after sunset on February 20th.
Evening sky WSW
Mars midmonth is at +1.2 magnitude and a diameter of 00°00'.04" located in the constellation Pisces and sets at 8:11 p.m.. Mars is only an Angular separation: 02°56'17" above Venus on the 15th. These two planets grow closer and on February 21st Mars and Venus appear close together at only an Angular separation: 00°26'08" apart. To find Mars look for a reddish object low in the west southwest sky. To see which part of the surface is visible at any time, check out the Mars Profiler at Sky & Telescope Magazine's web page.
Evening sky E
Jupiter midmonth is at -2.6 magnitude and a diameter of 00°00'.45" located in the constellation Cancer visible after sunset in the east. Jupiter sets around 6:45 a.m.. Jupiter reached opposition on February 6. The planet is visible all night long, rising at sunset and is highest in the sky at midnight and setting at sunrise. A small telescope will easily reveal four of Jupiter's largest and brightest moons. Check out Sky & Telescope's Jupiter Moons Utility for other configurations. Sky and Telescope Red Spot Calculator
Jupiter midmonth around 8 p.m..
Morning sky SE
Saturn midmonth is at +0.5 magnitude and diameter 00°00'.17" rising around 1:42 a.m. in the east southeast. Saturn is in the constellation Scorpius. Through a small telescope Saturn will reveal the famous rings of the planet. Rings currently are 22.7 tilt. See: Saturn's moons locations
Saturn and Moon 05°30'12" from each other looking SE on February 13th at 4:00 a.m. below.
Evening Sky W
Uranus midmonth is at 5.9 magnitude and diameter 00°00'.03" located in the western sky after sunset setting at 9:35 p.m.. On the evening of February 21st, the 3-day-old crescent Moon will occult the planet Uranus. The Uranus occultation event will begin at dusk at about 5:50:50 p.m. and will appear at 6:54:35 p.m.. A small telescope will reveal this event. See below image: Uranus is located in the constellation Pisces. A moderate-sized telescope will show it as a green-gray disk. See: Sky and Telescope location PDF. Courtesy: Sky and Telescope
The Moon and Uranus below after sunset at 5:48 p.m. just before occultation on February 21st. For details see link: Uranus Occultation
Evening Sky W Lost in Sun's glare
Neptune is in conjunction on with the Sun February 25th and lost in the Sun's glare. A moderate-sized telescope will show it as a blue green disk. Neptune is located in the constellation Aquarius. See: Sky and Telescope location PDF. Courtesy: Sky and Telescope
3 Juno at 8.2 magnitude is in the constellation Hydra. Juno is visible most of the night. See location below for February 7th, 2015.
Pluto at midmonth is visible in the southwest right after sunset very low on the horizon and is amid the stars of the Milky Way in the constellation Sagittarius. Pluto is at magnitude +14.2 and diameter 00°00'.00" A large telescope is needed to see this distant object.
Comets Brighter than 8 Magnitude
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy
Comet Lovejoy is reported at 5.4 magnitude as of February 25th. Visible after sunset to sunrise. On the 28th of February the comet moves from Perseus into Cassiopeia.
For more on current Comets and locations see: Seiichi Yoshida web site here.
Currently No Major Meteor Shower
Some local links below to Heavens Above satellite information website.
Also see: Spaceflight NASA
Real time solar wind dials are linked live to the ACE Spacecraft.
If the dial on the left (Magnetic Field) has dipped below zero, the speed is high and the dial dynamic pressure is in the yellow/red, be alert for Aurora. Anytime the gauges are in the Red and the dial on the left, the Magnetic Field BZ has dipped to the yellow-red... Aurora will be occurring in our area. See link to solar wind gauge here: REAL TIME SOLAR WIND
See explanation of solar wind dials below by clicking on photo of dials