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The Sky This Week - Thursday February 14 to Thursday February 21

12 Feb 2019, 12:31 UTC
The Sky This Week - Thursday February 14 to Thursday February 21
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The Full Moon is Wednesday, February 20. Perigee ("super") Moon on the 19th/20th. Mars is visible low in the evening skies. Venus is bright in the morning sky with Jupiter above it and Saturn below. Saturn comes closer to Venus over the week and the pair are closest on the 19th. Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) is be bright enough to be easily seen in binoculars early in the week.The Full Moon is Wednesday, February 20. This is a perigee ("super") Moon on the 19th/20th. This year Perigee on Feb 19 will be 6 hours from Full (which occurs at around 2 am in the morning of the 20th) and the full Moon of Sep 13 will be 15 hours from apogee, giving a somewhat better contrast than the perigee Moon of Jan 21 (14 hours between perigee and full). This year (Feb/Sep) is the best pairing until 2032.Morning twilight sky on Tuesday, February 19 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:20 ACDST (90 minutes before sunrise). Jupiter is high in the morning sky above the pair of Venus and Saturn below it. At this time Venus and Saturn are at their closest. The left upper insert inset shows the ...

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