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Friday, January 31, 2020

 

Southern Skywatch February 2020 edition is now out!

The morning sky facing east in Adelaide on Thursday February 20 at 5:56 ACDST, 60 minutes before sunrise, Jupiter is incredibly close to the crescent Moon. The inset is the telescope view of the pair at this time. (similar views will be seen Australia wide 60 minutes before sunrise).   (click to embiggen).











The February edition of Southern Skywatch is now up.

Mercury is low in the evening sky this month and is essentially unobservable.

Venus is high in the evening sky and  is visited by the crescent Moon on the 27th.

 Mars climbs higher in the morning sky and is visited by the crescent Moon on the 19st. Mars passes between the Lagoon and Triffid nebulae on the 18th, and is close to the globular cluster M22 on the 29th.

Jupiter climbs higher in the morning sky from mid-month and is spectacularly close to the crescent Moon on the 21st

Saturn   climbs higher in the morning sky and is visited by the crescent Moon on the 21st

February 11, Moon at perigee (two days after Full Moon). February 18, Mars passes between the Lagoon and Triffid nebulae. February 19; Mars and crescent Moon close. February 20, Jupiter and the thin crescent Moon close in the morning twilight. February 21, Saturn and the thin crescent Moon close low in the morning twilight. February 26; Moon at Apogee. February 27; crescent Moon and Venus close. February 29; Mars and the globular cluster M22 close.

February 11, Moon at perigee, February 26; Moon at Apogee.

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