February 2016/ March 2016



Monday February 22nd.

FULL MOON at 6pm.

Tuesday March 1st.

Moon at last quarter at 11pm.

Wednesday February 24th.

Jupiter is 1.7° north of the Moon at 4am.

Wednesday March 2nd.

Saturn is 4° south of the Moon at 7am.

Saturday February 27th.

Moon is at apogee (405,384km) at 3am.

Monday March 7th.

Venus is 4° south of the Moon at 11am.

Sunday February 28th.

Neptune is in conjunction with the Sun at 4am.

Tuesday March 8th.

Jupiter is at opposition at 11am.

Monday February 29th.

Mars is 4° south of the Moon at 6pm.

Wednesday March 9th.

NEW MOON at 2am.
Total eclipse of the Sun (SE.Asia)


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Thursday March 10th.

Moon is at perigee (359,510km).
Border AS AGM.


Visibility of the Planets

Visibility of the Planets

Mercury reaches greatest western elongation (26°) on 7th February but will not be well placed for observers in the UK. Mercury will brighten after western elongation its magnitude increasing from 0.0 to -0.3.

Venus continues to be a visible as a brilliant object in the early morning sky at magnitude -3.9, though for observers in the UK it will only be seen low above the south-eastern horizon just before dawn. The phase of the planet increases from 85% to 91% during the month.

Mars continues to be visible in the morning sky and actually brightens by a half magnitude during the month from +0.8 to +0.3. By the end of February the planet will be rising soon after midnight as seen from the UK. The planet is moving direct in Libra.

Jupiter, magnitude -2.4, is a brilliant object in the night sky and is visible for most of the hours of darkness reaching opposition in early March. The planet is reasonably placed for all observers due to its declination a few degrees to the north of the celestial equator. It is moving in a retrograde direction south of the stars marking the eastern end of the constellation Leo. The Moon, just after full, will pass only 1.7° south of Jupiter on the night 23/24 February.

Saturn is an early morning object , moving direct against the stars of Ophiuchus during the month. By the end of February it is rising at about 03h.30m for observers a tour latitudes. Its magnitude is a steady +0.5.