Thursday, January 31, 2013
Southern Skywatch February 2013 Edition is now up.
The February edition of Southern Skywatch is now up. There's a little bit of planetary action this month, and quite a bit of cometary action.
The bright planet Jupiter is occulted by the Moon.
Venus is low in the morning sky and is close to the crescent Moon on the 9th. On February 3 the crescent Moon is close to Saturn.
Jupiter is in the evening sky near the Hyades. Jupiter was at opposition on the 3rd, when it was largest as seen from Earth. This is still an ideal time for telescopic views of Jupiter. On the 18th the Moon and Jupiter are close, with an ocultation in the southern half of Australia.
Mars is very close to the horizon and difficult to see. Mars is close to the crescent Moon and Mercury on the 12th. By the end of the month it is lost to view.
Mercury is very low in the twilight.
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