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Title: The Observer’s Calendar for February 2024

Organization:  Actual Astronomy

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Description: The Actual Astronomy Podcast presents The Observer’s Calendar for February 2024.  In this episode we’ll talk about the Moon pairing with Venus, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn and Jupiter as well as a couple comets visible in small telescopes.

Bio: Shane and Chris are amateur astronomers who enjoy teaching astronomy classes and performing outreach where they help the eyes of the public to telescope eyepieces.

Peter Jedicke was National President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada from 2004 to 2006 and is now a Fellow of the RASC.
He is also Honorary President of the RASC London Centre.

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Observer’s Calendar for February 2024 on Episode 394 of the Actual Astronomy podcast. I’m Chris and joining me is Shane. We are amateur astronomers who love looking up at the night sky and this podcast is for everyone who enjoys going out under the stars.

  • Friday February 2nd – Last quarter Moon
  • Zodiacal Light becomes visible in West for next 2 weeks after evening twilight fades
  • Gegenschein visible from a very dark site- highest in south next 2 weeks.
  • Saturday Feb 3 – Curtis X visible in Western North America S of crater Gambart
  • Mon February 5th – I think winter star party starts in Florida…man I wanted to go….
  • Wed. Feb 7th – Morning event alerts – Venus 5-degrees above the moon on this morning…
  • Friday Feb 9th – New Moon – might be warm here
  • Sat Feb 10th -Young Crescent Moon visible…I think like low 20hrs old or so for those in the east.
  • Sunday Feb 11th – Saturn less than 2-degrees from Moon in evening sky.
  • Monday the 12th – Neptune just under a degree from the Moon.
  • Feb 13th – Pancake Tuesday – big day in our home as a little known factoid about me…I Am a. Gourmet pancake maker…this is no joke. My mom is a great cook but not so hot with the pancakes so I learned to make them, my specialty is raspberry chocolate chip…if you haven’t tried such. Thing…be warned the ratios are tough.
    —-This is not a cooking show though
  • February 15th Thursday – Jupiter is 3-degrees below the Moon in the evening sky
  • Friday Feb 16th- First Quarter Moon lays just below the Pleiades – Lunar X visible for North America and Uranus is 3 degrees below the moon and occultation of Uranus for some..not here though…
  • Saturday the 17th – Lunar Straight Wall visible
  • THURSDAY THE 22ND – Venus 0.6-degrees from Mars this morning.
  • Saturday the 24th – Full Moon. Smallest of 2024 or a “Bad” Moon….much how we have a super Moon the smallest Moon of the year is a bad moon,
  • Sunday the 25th – Try to spot Capella with the unaided eye this week before sunset.

Comets – 12P Pons Brooks remains at 8th magnitude…I haven’t seen it yet…moves pretty quick, starts month in Cygnus, moves to Lacerta and Passes 1 Lacerta on Feb 12
62P/Tsuchinshan – passes into the 10th magnitude still in Leo

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