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The Night Sky in February

Nature volume 155, page 107 (27 January 1945) | Download Citation



NEW moon occurs on Feb. 12d. 17h. 33m. U.T. and full moon on Feb. 27d. 00h. 07m. The following conjunctions with the moon take place: Feb. ld. 03h., Jupiter 4° N.; Feb. l0d. 22h., Mars 0·1° S.; Feb. 15d. 20h., Venus 8°N.; Feb. 21d. 21h., Saturn 0·6° N.; Feb. 28d. 06h., Jupiter 3° S. The following occultations of stars brighter than magnitude 6 take place: Feb. 19d. 18h. 24·4m., δ Taur. (D); Feb. 19d. 19h. 14·2m., 64 Taur. (D); Feb. 19d. 20h. 09·6m., 68 Taur. (D); Feb. 23d. 2h. 36·8m., 63 Gemi. (D). The times refer to the latitude of Greenwich and D refers to disappearance. Mercury rises at 7h. 04m. at the beginning of the month and is not well placed for observation; on Feb. 28 the planet is in superior conjunction when it rises at 7h. 07m. Venus is an evening star and sets at 21h. 10m. and 21h. 53m. at the beginning and end of the month respectively. Mars is too close to the sun for favourable observation. Jupiter can be seen throughout the night, rising at 20h. 54m. and 18h. 48m. at the beginning and end of the month respectively. Saturn sets at 5h. 41m. on Feb. 1 and at 3h. 52m. on Feb. 28.

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