Some highlights for the night sky in February 2005
Thursday 3 February 2005
- One hour before sunrise look for Mars, Antares and Moon.
- Neptune in conjunction.
Friday 4 February 2005
- One hour before sunrise look for Mars, waning crescent Moon and Antares.
- Clyde Tombaugh born in 1906 (discoverer of Pluto).
Monday 7 February 2005
- One quarter hour before sunrise look for Venus and waning crescent Moon low on horizon (best seen in southern US).
- Moon at perigee (New Moon on 8th).
Freday 11 February 2005
- A little over 2 hours before sunrise, look for Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in the sky.
- Last time to see Mars, Jupiter and Saturn at once in sky until November.
Sunday 13 February 2005
- General meeting of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC)
- About 1.5 hours after sunset, look for waxing crescent Moon in WSW near Aries.
- Don't forget a present for your sweetheart for Valentine's Day tomorrow the 14th.
Wednesday 16 February 2005
- About one hour after sunset, look for Aldeberan south of the Moon.
- The Sun enter Aquarius (no significance except for reminding some of an old song).
- First Quarter Moon
Friday 18 February 2005
- Ernst Mach born in 1838.
- Look for Moon near Castor and Saturn about one hour after sunset.
Monday 21 February 2005
- Jupiter less than one degree south of theta Virginis.
- President's Day (USA)
Thursday 24 February 2005
- One hour before sunrise, look for Moon, which is one day past full.
- President Andrew Johnson impeached by House in 1868.
Saturday 26 February 2005
- About 4 hours after sunset, look for Moon near Jupiter and Spica.
- Uranus is furthest from Earth.
Monday 28 February 2005
- One hour before sunrise look for the Moon near Spica and Jupiter.
- About 30 minutes after sunset, look for Mercury just south of west.
Good skywatching resources
John Avellone's provided web sites