Podcaster: Rob Webb
Organization: Physics teacher at Pequea Valley High School
Description: February is a rather uneventful month for beginner’s stargazing, but take advantage of the month-long line up of Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter in the mornings in the East, with the Moon stopping by from the 7th to the 12th. Should make for some good pictures.
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Bio: Rob Webb is a physics, astronomy, and sustainability teacher at Pequea Valley High School in Pennsylvania. His passions include teaching, astronomy, astrophotography, planetariums, running, reading, and golf. A proud graduate of Dickinson College in 2005, he also obtained a Master’s Degree in Science Education from Penn State University after conducting research in regards to the current state of planetariums in Pennsylvania. Feel free to contact him at email@example.com
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February is a rather uneventful month for beginner’s stargazing, but take advantage of the month-long line up of Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter in the mornings in the East, with the Moon stopping by from the 7th to the 12th. Should make for some good pictures.
Last Quarter Moon – 7th (Visible from midnight into the morning)
7th – 12th – Morning Close Encounter Week – Moon, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn – All week, if you get up after 5:30am, you’ll see all three planets, with the Moon traveling through day to day. Jupiter will consistently be the brightest planet about 30˚ up in the South, with Mars about 15˚ down and to the left, and Saturn about 25˚ down and to the left of that.
7th – The First Quarter Moon will be 6˚ up and to the right of Jupiter
8th – The Moon will be almost right in the middle between Jupiter and Mars
9th – A thinner Moon will be just 4˚ up and to the left of Mars
10th – The Moon will be almost right in the middle between Mars and Saturn
11th – A beautiful crescent Moon will be just 2˚ above Saturn
12th – A very thin crescent Moon will form a nice line of objects, with the Moon visible as early as 5:15am, with Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter finishing the line up and to the right.
New Moon – 15th (darkest skies)
First Quarter Moon – 23rd (Visible until midnight)
CONSTELLATIONS… STRAIGHT UP
Use a sky map from www.skymaps.com to visually help you out.
If you’re looking straight up above you…
Winter: Orion is easy to spot as he already high the South after sunset. You can use Orion to find many other winter constellations.
Use a sky map from www.skymaps.com to help you out.
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