Star calendar for February 2016

Star calendar 1–29 February 2016

1 Feb     Low in the south before dawn, the moon and Mars are separated by 1 finger-width.

2 Feb     This morning the moon lies between Mars, 1½ fist-widths to the right, and Saturn, about the same distance to the lower left. Antares is 3 or 4 finger-widths to Saturn’s lower right.

3 Feb     Saturn is 2 finger-widths below the moon.

6 Feb     Mercury is 1 finger-width below the moon. Venus is a little more than 2 finger-widths to the moon’s right.

7 Feb     Mercury is at its greatest elongation, 25.6 degrees west of the sun, low in the east before first light.

11 Feb   This evening the moon lies between Alpheratz, 2½ fist-widths to the upper right, and Deneb Kaitos, 2 fist-widths to the lower left.

13 Feb   Hamal is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s upper right tonight.

15 Feb   The first-quarter moon is high in the south at dusk. The Pleiades Cluster is 1 fist-width to the moon’s right or upper right, Aldebaran is 2 finger-widths to the upper left, and Orion is 2 fist-widths to the lower left.

17 Feb   High in the south at dusk, Betelgeuse, the brightest star in Orion, is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower right, and the Gemini Twins are 2 fist-widths to the left.

18 Feb   The bright star 1½ fist-widths below the moon this evening is Procyon, in the constellation Canis Minor, the Little Dog.

19 Feb   Procyon is to the moon’s lower right this evening and the Gemini Twins are to the upper left.

20 Feb   The moon lies between Procyon, 2 fist-widths to the upper right, and Regulus, 1½ fist-widths to the lower left. The Big Dipper stands on its handle, far to the left.

21 Feb   Regulus is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left this evening.

22 Feb   February’s full moon lies between Regulus, 4 finger-widths above, and Jupiter, 1 fist-width to the lower left. Wait an hour after dusk to get a good view.

23 Feb   Separated by 1 finger-width, Jupiter and the moon are high in the southwest by midnight.

24 Feb   Late tonight in the west, the bright star 2 fist-widths to the moon’s lower left is Spica. Jupiter is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s upper right.

27 Feb   Spica is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right, low in the south before first light.

28 Feb   This morning the moon lies between Spica, 2 fist-widths to the lower right, and Mars, 1½ fist-widths to the left.

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