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SOME OF THE OBJECTS VIEWED DURING THE YEAR.

       

  • Jupiter 

  • Open Clusters                         

  • Globular Clusters

  • Coloured Stars

  • and many more objects.

 

Monthly Night Sky Highlights Monthly Night Sky Highlights

‘For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky’ as said by Antoine de Saint-Exupery from The Little Prince. 

The first quarter Moon is on Saturday the 4th at 3:19pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time or AEDT which all these times will be.
Full Moon is on Saturday the 11th at 11:33am
Last quarter Moon is on Sunday the 19th at 6:33am
New Moon is on Monday the 27th at 1:58am

The early evening western sky is the place to look at the start of this month with Venus, Mars and the waxing crescent Moon forming a straight line on the 1st.

Venus will gradually make its way towards the horizon during the month but not before reaching its greatest illuminated extent – when the planet’s daytime side (illuminated side) is covering the greatest area of Earth’s sky than at any other time during its current visibility in the evening sky. So this means that Venus will be at its brightest throughout February and definitely worth a look (or two). On the 28th a very thin waxing crescent Moon will be to the left or south of Venus.

Mars is low in the early western sky after sunset, in the constellation Pisces. On the 27th and 28th it passes one-Moon width from Uranus, however binoculars will be needed to see the 7th planet of our Solar System.

Rising late in the evening (about 10pm AEDT mid-month) is the largest planet in our Solar System, Jupiter. Jupiter is in the constellation Virgo and is easy to find as it is the brightest object is that part of the sky. Binoculars will show you the four largest moons known as the Galilean satellites and small aperture telescopes will show one or two of the Jovian clouds belts. On the 15th, the waning gibbous Moon is below and to the left (north) of Jupiter and forms a straight line with the Jovian giant and Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo.

All of you early-birds have not been forgotten as February sees Mercury low in the eastern sky at the start of the month. By mid-February it will start to disappear back into the twilight.

The ringed planet Saturn is also in the eastern sky before dawn and spends most of the month in the constellation Ophiuchus. On the 21st, the waning crescent Moon is to the left (east) of Saturn.

Jupiter is also visible in the morning sky and just before dawn sits high in the northern sky in the constellation Virgo.

 

Our Night sky will look something like below for the month of February 2017.