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Sunday, January 31, 2021

 

Southern Skywatch February 2021 edition is now out!

The morning sky facing east in Adelaide on on Wednesday February 24 as seen from Adelaide at 6:01 ACDST, 60 minutes before sunrise, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury are together low in the morning sky. (similar views will be seen Australia wide 90 minutes before sunrise,click to embiggen).

The February edition of Southern Skywatch is now up.

 In February most of the planetary action is low in the morning twilight.

February 4; Moon at perigee. February 6: Venus and Saturn close, low in the morning twilight. February 11; crescent Moon close to Venus.. February 14; Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury, close low in the morning twilight sky. February 19; Mars and First Quarter Moon close. February 18; Moon at Apogee. February 24; Saturn, Jupiter, and Mercury, close low in the morning sky. February 28; Mars within binocular range of Pleiades.

 Mercury is initially difficult to see low in the morning twilight.in the latter half of the month it becomes easier to see between Jupiter and Saturn.

Venus is close to the crescent Moon on the 11th low in the morning twilight with Jupiter below. On the 14th Saturn Jupiter and Venus for a line with Mercury forming a triangle with Jupiter and Venus. Venus is then lost i the twilight. 

Mars is close to the Moon on the 19th. Mars is within binocular range of Pleiades on the 28th.

 Jupiter starts low in the morning twilight and becomes easier to see. On the 11th Venus is close to the crescent Moon low in the morning twilight with Jupiter below. You will need a flat, unobstructed horizon like the ocean or desert to see this, and may require binoculars to see the planets clearly. On the 14th Saturn Jupiter and Venus for a line with Mercury forming a triangle with Jupiter and Venus. .

Saturn returns to the morning twilight early in the month. On  February 6, Venus and Saturn are close.
. On the 14th Saturn Jupiter and Venus for a line with Mercury forming a triangle with Jupiter and Venus. On February 24th Saturn, Jupiter, and Mercury, are close low in the morning sky.

February 4; Moon at perigee.  February 18; Moon at Apogee.

 

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