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Feb
5
Sun
Aldebaran Mars & the Moon
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm – Feb 6 @ 1:45 am

Today’s full Moon will be at apogee when it reaches it’s furthest point from earth

there will also be a right ascension conjunction of the star Aldebaran & the planet Mars

the full Moon @ apogee will be at 16.23 hrs & the conjunction will be @ 22.00 hrs

although full Moon is at 16.23 hrs it will not rise above the NE-E horizon until approx 20.00 hrs

& the conjunction will be above the SW-W horizon

if you plan to observe / image either or both of these events

remember to dress for the conditions

Feb
9
Thu
Observing / Informal Evening
Feb 9 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Tonight sky conditions permitting will be an observing evening

If sky conditions are unfavourable the evening will revert to an informal evening

Members are welcome to bring their own “kit” along

If members are observing Red torches / lights would be preferable

We would also ask that the use of white light be kept to an absolute minimum

Feb
11
Sat
Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF & Mars
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm

As the sky darkens from approx 18.00 hrs on the evening of Saturday the 11th of February

above the SW – W horizon the Mag +6 comet C/2022 E3 ZTF will be near the planet Mars

and should be viable with a pair of binoculars

please note the given brightness is for the entire comet including the tail

so the actual comet core may well be a little dimmer than listed

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Feb
16
Thu
A Favourable Lunar Libration
Feb 16 @ 6:00 am – 10:00 am

As the Moon rises above the SE – S horizon @ approx 06.00 hrs

on the morning of Thursday the 16th of February

there is a favourable lunar libration that will offer

the chance to see such features as the mare Orientale

 the Moon will be low in the sky and will set below the  S – SW horizon @ approx 10.00 hrs

with sunrise from 07.00 hrs  the event may be difficult to see

if you do plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

 

Observing / Informal Evening
Feb 16 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Tonight sky conditions permitting will be an observing evening

If sky conditions are unfavourable the evening will revert to an informal evening

Members are welcome to bring their own “kit” along

If members are observing Red torches / lights would be preferable

We would also ask that the use of white light be kept to an absolute minimum

Feb
22
Wed
Jupiter the Moon & Venus
Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

After sunset @ approx 17.30 hrs above the SW – W horizon

on the evening of Wednesday the 22nd of February

Jupiter will be above an 8% illuminated waxing crescent Moon with Venus  below & to the right

this event would be best viewed as the sky begins to darken from 18.15 hrs

until starting to set below the horizon from approx 19.30 hrs

Feb
23
Thu
Observing / Informal Evening
Feb 23 @ 2:28 pm – 3:28 pm

Tonight sky conditions permitting will be an observing evening

If sky conditions are unfavourable the evening will revert to an informal evening

Members are welcome to bring their own “kit” along

If members are observing Red torches / lights would be preferable

We would also ask that the use of white light be kept to an absolute minimum

Feb
26
Sun
The Moon & M45
Feb 26 @ 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm

After sunset @ 17.30 hrs on Sunday  the 26th of February above the SW – W horizon

a 44% lit waxing crescent Moon will be 2.7° to the left of the Pleiades (M45)

this event will be best viewed as the sky darkens from approx 19.00 hrs

if you plan to observe /image this event remember to dress for the conditions

 

Feb
27
Mon
Jupiter & Venus
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

After sunset on Monday the 27th of February along the SW – W horizon

the planets Jupiter & Venus will be moving closer together

in advance of a close conjunction between the pair in March

this event would be best viewed from 18.00 hrs until it sets below the horizon from 19.00 hrs

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Feb
28
Tue
Mars & the Moon
Feb 28 @ 12:00 am – 2:30 am

From approx 00.00 hrs – 02.30 hrs

on Tuesday the 28th of February above the W – NW horizon

the planet Mars will be approx 2° above & to the left of a 56% illuminated waxing gibbous Moon

as the pair start to set below the horizon from 02.30 they will eventually be 1.1° apart

at approx 05.00 Hrs when Mars will be below & to the right of the Moon

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions