Feb 1st: Awesome Astronomy’s February Sky Guide

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Podcaster: Ralph, Paul & Jenny

Title : Awesome Astronomy’s February Sky Guide

Organization: Awesome Astronomy

Link : www.awesomeastronomy.com

Description:  What to look out, and up, for in February.

Our highlights of this month’s skies with the planets on offer to observers and imagers:

  • A last chance look at Mercury in the morning sky
  • Mars a few degrees from Venus
  • Jupiter in Virgo
  • Saturn in the early morning sky

Next up is the return of a couple of comets to our observing tick list:

  • Comet 45P at its best on the 11th February in Hercules
  • Comet 2P Encke returns to our skies in the constellation Pisces

Then we each take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year:

  • Ralph – the Rosette Nebula and open cluster NGC2244 in the constellation Monoceros
  • Paul – open cluster M93 in Pupis
  • Jeni – supernova remnant, Messier 1 – the Crab Nebula – in Taurus

And we finish this sky guide with February’s moon phases, a conjunction with the Hyades Cluster on the 5th and a penumbral eclipse on 10th/11th February.


 Bio: Awesome Astronomy is the show for anyone and everyone who has even the slightest interest in astronomy and science.

Join Ralph, Paul & Jeni for informative and fun astronomy programs telling you what to look out (and up) for every month as well as a main show dedicated to space and astronomy news. You can be guaranteed a passion for astronomy, simple explanations of complex and fundamental topics, space and science discussions, absorbing interviews with astronomers and astronauts who make the news and answers to listeners’ space questions.

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