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Nature volume 96, page 659 (10 February 1916) | Download Citation



ASTRONOMICAL OCCURRENCES.—Mars, now nearly as bright as Sirius, will be in opposition early on Friday. Jupiter and Venus, so conspicuous in the western twilight, reach conjunction about 3 a.m. on February 14. Their nearest approach takes place earlier, about midnight, Venus being 26′ S. Even at 7.30 p.m., February 13, they will be only 32′ apart. The moon occults a 3.2 mag. star, e Geminorum, on February 14. As seen from Greenwich disappearance occurs at 11h. 3m. The moon is in conjunction with Neptune on the evening of February 16 at 6h. 24m. Geo-centrically the planet will be i° 2′ S. Comet 1915e (Taylor) can still be glimpsed with a 3-in., but is not a suitable object for such a small aperture. The following positions are from a continuation of the Copenhagen ephemeris for Greenwich midnight:—

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