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On a clear night, you can see...
We are indebted to Arthur Black for supplying this information.
Should you wish to communicate with Arthur, please email him at:  arthur.black10@btinternet.com
The Night Sky
 
February 2018:
7th Jupiter close to the Moon before sunrise around 630am in the South
8th Jupiter close to the Moon before sunrise around 630am in the South
9th Mars and star Antares close to the Moon before sunrise around 630am in the South
11th Saturn close to the Moon and Mars North of star Antares before sunrise around 630am in the SSE
16th Venus close to the Moon in the evening sky
23rd Star Aldebaran close to the Moon in the South around 6pm

Sunrise : 725am       Sunset : 519pm

No full Moon in February this year

Planets:
Mercury too close to the Sun to be visible
Venus (-3.9) in the evening sky. at the beginning of the month too close to the Sun to be seen but can be seen just before setting at the end of the month in the western sky at dusk.
Mars (1.2 to 0.8) moves East in the early morning sky in Scorpious. Rises about 330am in the SE.
Jupiter (-2.0 to -2.2) moves eastwards through Libra at dawn. Rises about 145am ESE.
Saturn (0.6) is lost in the dawn sky in the East in Sagittarius. rises about 515am in the SE.
Uranus (5.9) is in Pisces.
Neptune (8.0) is in Aquarius. Lost in daylight.

Feb 7-11 Moon passes Jupiter, Mars and Saturn before Sunrise South to SSE . Mars and star Antares are now almost equally bright.

Constellations:
Looking South around 10pm mid month:
Leo ESE
Cancer SE
Gemini South
Canis Minor South
Canis Major South
Orion SW
Taurus West
Aries West

Looking North around 10pm mid month:
Perseus NW
Andromeda NW
Ursa Minor (incl Pole star Polaris) North
Draco North
Bootes NE
Ursa Major (Plough) NE
Virgo East

Never look at the Sun with the naked eye or through binoculars or a telescope as doing this will blind you.

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