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.

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.

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.

Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

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

  • Member since
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  • From: Southern California near Disneyland
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


33° 48' 10"N, 117° 57' 49"W "Remember, without data your conclusion is just another opinion" Look at all the stars. You look up and you think, "God made all this and He remembered to make a little speck like me." It's kind of flattering, really. +++ 150mm SkyWatcher refractor - 120mm reflector - Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Binoculars +++

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