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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Astronomical phenomena February 2015.

Calendar with astronomical events for you to observe.
Opportunities for observation for January 2015:

Here's how it looks:

February 2015 - "Dawn" at Ceres. Dawn, NASA's spacecraft will encounter dwarf planet known as Ceres sometime in February 2015. Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Because of its size and shape, was officially classified as a dwarf planet, which puts it in the same category as Pluto. Ceres is 950 km in diameter and is large enough to have a round shape. Down will spend several months studying Ceres and will send back the first close ups of the dwarf planet in our Solar System.

►February 3, 2015Full Moon. The earth will be between the Sun and the Moon, and therefore, the Moon will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 23:09 GMT.

February 06, 2015 - Jupiter at opposition. 17:00. Jupiter will be the closest to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the sun. An opposition happens when a planet is at an elongation of 180 ° and thus appears opposite from the Sun in the sky. This is the best time to observe Jupiter.

►February 06, 2015 - Moon at apogee. Luna reach the farthest point from Earth (406155 km from Earth) at 6:25 GMT

February 12, 2015 - Moon at the last quarter. at 03:50 GMT.

February 16, 2015 - Comet P / 2005 Q4 (LINEAR) reaches perihelion, the closest position of the sun. It was discovered on August 31, 2005. No data yet about its orbit or diameter.

►February 18, 2015 - Moon at the first quarter. at 17:14 GMT.

►February 18, 2015 - New Moon. Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 23:47 GMT.

►February 19, 2015 - The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth (356992 km from Earth) at 7:29 GMT

►February 22, 2015 - The conjunction of Venus and Mars. Conjunctions are rare events in which two or more objects will appear very close together in the night sky. The two bright planets will be visible only half a degree apart in the evening sky. Look to the west just after sunset.

February 24, 2015 - Mercury at greatest elongation: 18.9 ° W, 16:00

►February 26 2015 - Conjunction Neptune - Sun. At 04:00 GMT.

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