Saturn and the Moon This Morning

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Saturn and the Moon This Morning
Posted by DaveMitsky on Friday, February 21, 2014 2:53 AM

Saturn and the Moon are close companions this morning.  Saturn is to the lower left of Luna.  Mars is about three times farther to the upper right.

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance

http://stardate.org/radio/program/moon-and-saturn-20

http://stardate.org/nightsky

The Moon has passed close to a number of prominent celestial bodies during the past 10 days.  On February 11th, it was 5 degrees south of Jupiter at 6:00 UT.  On the 19th, the Moon was 1.6 degrees north of the first-magnitude star Spica (Alpha Virginis) at 15:00 UT.  It was 3 degrees south of Mars at 0:00 UT (February 20th in UT) that night.  

The Moon will be just 0.3 degree south of Saturn today at 22:00 UT.  An occultation of Saturn will be visible from New Zealand, most of Australia, and Madagascar.  

http://earthsky.org/tonight/waning-moon-and-saturn-in-libra-on-morning-of-february-21

http://www.lunar-occultations.com/iota/planets/0221saturn.htm

On February 26th, the Moon will be just 0.4 degree south of Venus at 5:00 UT.  An occultation will be visible from southeast Asia, India, and central and western Africa.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-venus-closest-for-month-before-sunrise-february-26

http://www.lunar-occultations.com/iota/planets/0226venus.htm

Dave Mitsky

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Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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Posted by Silveradogold on Friday, February 21, 2014 6:02 PM

Wow Dave,

Excellent information!! I appreciate it.

Some occultations that can be observed from Southern California would be nice.

Clear Skies ---- Silveradogold Cool

 

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