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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Astronomy Calendar, February 2009


The following is a list of celestial events occuring during the month of February 2009.

  • February 3 - The Moon occults M45, the Pleiades.

  • February 5 - Minima of Algol.

  • February 8 - The Moon is 1.5 degrees South of M44.

  • February 9 - Full Moon, also a penumbral lunar eclipse will be observable for those in the Northwestern North America and Asia, beginning at 12:38 UTC and ending at 16:37 UTC

  • February 17 - The Moon is 0.04 degrees North of Antares.

  • February 23 - Mars is 1.7 degrees South of the Moon.

  • February 24 - Comet Lulin (ephemeris) makes its closest approach. Be sure to catch this comet as it is quite the unusual comet! Titan will cast a shadow on Saturn from 10:53 UTC to 13:09 UTC.

  • February 27 - Venus is 1.3 degrees north of the Moon.


There are no major meteor showers in February. If I find any other events of interest, I'll post them here.

Clear skies!

16 comments:

Mully410 said...

Thanks for the updates!

Anonymous said...

Do you know if 1999 AQ10 will be visible at all in the midwest when it comes through in mid Feb.? It sounds like it will pretty big and close. I'd love to be able to see it.

Sean Welton said...

1999 AQ10 will in fact be visible from the Midwest during its approach in February. I've been looking for detailed info on where to find it, but have had limited luck so far. I know that right now, it is in Leo, near the star Denebola (Beta Leonis). If I can find better maps, I'll share them. If you find them before me, go ahead and send me an e-mail at sean@visualastronomy.com.

Clear skies,
Sean

February 6, 2009 at 12:38 AM

Anonymous said...

Yeah you aren't kidding about limited luck finding information.... I haven't found a whole lot myself.
I'll keep looking and email you if I find anything.
Thanks!

Sean Welton said...

According to the JPL small body database, 1999 AQ10 will only be 13th magnitude, so you'll need a mid-size to large telescope to see it.

Clear skies,
Sean

February 8, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Anonymous said...

I'm a definite rookie but my daughter and I have been wondering what the bright light in the western sky has been lately in the early evening in suburban Detroit. Is it a planet or a bright star? Very noticeable!

Anonymous said...

^^ It is Venus. I was looking at it tonight and it looked like it was slightly eclipsed! Can anyone else fill me in with what's going on?

Greg

Sean Welton said...

Because Venus is closer to the Sun than us, the planet will actually show phases, much like our own Moon! So when you look at Venus through a telescope, it sometimes appears as a crescent.

Clear skies,
Sean

February 25, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your post!

I've observed Venus yesterday evening in Kharkov (Ukraine) using my 110x telescope! Venus is great! :)

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