BORDER ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

STU'S MONTHLY NOTES

February 2018

Sunday 11 February.

JUPITER,SATURN & MARS CAN BE SEEN RISING IN THE EASTERN SKY FROM 5 AM

Thursday 15 February.

NEW MOON.

Friday 16 February

A RARE CHANCE TO SEE A NEW MOON THAT’S ONLY ONE DAY OLD. LOOK TO THE WEST 15 MINS AFTER THE SUN HAS SET TO SEE BRIGHT VENUS, 1 Deg. BELOW VENUS YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO VIEW A VERY THIN CRESCENT MOON.

Saturday 17 February

THE SHADOW OF GANYMEDE CAN BE SEEN CROSSING JUPITER, STARTING AT 1:28AM

Friday 23 February

THE MOON IS AT FIRST QUARTER

Saturday 24 February

GANYMEDE'S SHADOW TRANSITS JUPITER AGAIN STARTING 05:27 AND CONTINUES UNTIL 07:25

THE PLANETS

MERCURY

ON THE 17TH IT MOVES BEHIND THE SUN THEN TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH IT BECOMES VISIBLE AFTER SUNSET. ON THE 28TH FEB IT CAN BE SEEN LOW IN THE WEST 30MINS AFTER SUNSET. CONTINUES TO GET HIGHER IN THE WEST UNTIL THE 15TH MARCH.

VENUS

LYING LOW (5*) IN THE WEST, AT MAG –3.8 IT IS EASILY SEEN JUST AFTER SUNSET. LOOK OUT FOR VENUS&MERCURY LYING CLOSE TOGETHER FROM THE 28TH.

MARS

A MORNING OBJECT RISING AT 05:00 IN THE EAST.

JUPITER

ANOTHER MORNING OBJECT RISING AT 05:10 IN THE EAST.

SATURN

RISING BEFORE THE SUN IN THE EAST AT 05:20

URANUS

IN THE SOUTHWEST NIGHT SKY. FOUND IN PISCES AT 42 DEG BUT AS THE MONTH PROGRESSES IT BECOMES FAINTER IN THE WEST.

NEPTUNE

CANNOT BE SEEN.

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