Alpha Centauri meteors, zodiacal light and moon meeting Saturn are some of the sky events that you can’t miss the month of February. These events join a highly anticipated Partial Solar eclipse in February a month packed with various amazing shows in the sky. There are events meant to delight sky-watchers and anyone who will be watching the show in the sky in the coming days and weeks of this month. So, if you want to witness something different in this month of the year, dust your binoculars and get ready. Let’s take you through what happens in this month and the exact date to wait for them.
February 11th - Moon meets Saturn
To begin with, if you are an early riser, you will be able to follow the moon in the morning of February before sunrise as it glided past Jupiter, Mars, Antares and finally meets with the planet Saturn over the courses of a few hours. The moon will be in a crescent next to Saturn. For a clear view, sky-watchers should look towards to the southeast as the moon will next to Saturn and close to the horizon. Saturn looks like a bright star if you watch it with your naked eyes, but when watched over a few weeks as it moves you will see it wandering the sky. It is good to notice that the planet will be hanging low an hour before sunrise, which is the perfect time to watch the event.
February 15th - partial solar eclipse
It is a norm for the earth to witness full solar eclipse at least once in one or two years. These events dominate astronomic headlines. However, there are plenty more slated to delight humans, especially sky watcher. One of them is the Partial solar eclipse, which is due in the next few days. In the afternoon hours on February 15, sky-watchers should prepare themselves for a partial solar eclipse. People across Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Antarctica will be able to view the eclipse. The moon will glide between the sun and the earth blocking a part of the solar disk. Location. However, the best place for a better view will be near the southern tip and the further south you are, the better the view it is. The size of the moon blocking the solar disk depends on your location.
February 23rd - Moon and Aldebaran within the Zodiac Taurus
The heavens (Skies) have this constellation of Taurus stars known as the bull which is in the south-west. The Constellation of Taurus in the evening of February 23th should be the evening to look for the first quarter moon as it hits the bull’s eye. The moon will be gliding through the bull (Constellation Taurus). The Constellation Taurus eye is the blight orange star known as the Aldebaran. The moon will be five degrees from the star for sky-watchers, which is the reason why it is said to hit the Bull's eye. For those observing from Europe, North America, and northern Asia, the stars will be close and will appear to be hidden by the moon during the event. This situation is called a lunar occultation. The occultation peaks in daylight hour, which means, you will be able to catch the occultation in the evening, once the sun sets.
February 28th – moon meets Regulus within leo
If you think you will have seen all by the end month of February, then there is one more thing waiting for you, when the moon meets the star Regulus. As soon as the sun sets on that day, get your binoculars and watch the majestic constellation Leo as it rises above the eastern horizon. If you watch closely, you will see the full moon perched just above the Regulus star. At some point, during the night, the star will appear to be gliding behind the moon, if you will be watching from the Northeastern of the United States and Eastern Canada. The Regulus and the moon meeting will happen because of the Regulus like a few other stars such as Aldebaran, lie so close to the ecliptic.
The month of February heralds the return of night sky events such as a partial solar eclipse, stunning moon hitting the bull’s eye and moon meeting Regulus among other night sky events. As you get ready to see these and more of the showdown, be prepared also for more amazing celestial sights starting with the moon sightings. Expect the last quarter moon on 7 February, the new moon on 15 February and the first quarter moon of 23 February when the moon is near a red giant star Aldebaran, which is no longer fusing hydrogen gas like the Sun. After the sightings, expect clear skies for the rest of the year, but not without other amazing sightings in the following month for sky-watchers
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