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Observing The Planets

during February....

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Planets this Month

Mercury


Mercury is still close to the sun at sunset (having just passed superior conjunction Jan. 30), but it's magnitude will fade to 0.5 at maximum eastern elongation (Feb. 26), which will appear to be almost above the sun.

Best Time to Observe – 26th 18:00 - after sunset.

Venus


Venus is a morning object, shining brightly in the east before the sun rises.

Best Time to Observe – 18/19th 06:00 - close conjunction with Saturn.

Mars


Mars is definitely fading in size and magnitude (mag 1), despite now being far better placed for Northern observers (Pisces to Aires).

Best Time to Observe – 10th 19:00 - Close to the moon.

Jupiter


Jupiter is a morning pobject - rising earlier as the month progresses. It is still not well postioned for obeservation as it its very low in the southern part of the sky, but is conspiculously bright at magnitude -1.5.

Best Time to Observe - 28th 05:00

Saturn


Saturn only just rises before sunset half way through the month and even then it's 1.0 magnitude is even lower from teh horizon than Jupiter.

Best Time to Observe – 27th 06:00.

Uranus


Uranus is visibile all night in the constellation of Pisces. At just over magnitude 6, it makes for a great viusl observation challenge

Best Time to Observe – 12th 18:30 Very close to Mars

Neptune


Neptune is very challenging to view thi smonth. Not only because it is barely magnitude 8, but it is is only visible for an or two before sunset at the beginning of the month.

Best Time to Observe – 1st 18:00