Sky Highlights - February 2016

Comets
Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) now fading as it recedes from Earth. Currently moving through the far northern constellations. Remains visible with binoculars and small telescopes.

Comet PanSTARRS (C/2013 X1) a possible naked eye comet later this year now visible with binoculars in the evening sky

Mercury apparition
Mercury reaches greatest elongation west on February 7, 2016

The Planets
This Month's Guide

Algol Minima
Algol eclipse dates and times for February 2016

Northern Hemisphere
Evening
West:- Uranus (mag. +5.9)
East:- Jupiter (mag. -2.5)
Midnight
South:- Jupiter
Morning
West:- Jupiter
South:- Mars (mag. +0.6), Saturn (mag. +0.6)
Southeast:- Venus (mag. -3.9), Mercury (mag. -0.1 first part of month)

Southern Hemisphere
Evening
West:- Uranus
East:- Jupiter
Midnight
North:- Jupiter
East:- Mars, Saturn
Morning
Northwest:- Jupiter
Northeast:- Mars, Saturn
East:- Venus, Mercury

Deep Sky
Naked Eye:-
Messier 45 - M45 - The Pleiades (Open Cluster)
Caldwell 41 - C41 - The Hyades - Open Cluster
Messier 42 - M42 - The Great Orion Nebula (Emission/Reflection)
Melotte 111 - Mel 111 - The Coma Star Cluster (Open Cluster)
Messier 44 - M44 - The Praesepe (Open Cluster)

Binoculars / Small Scopes:-
Messier 35 – M35 - Open Cluster
Messier 41 - M41 - Open Cluster
Messier 46 - M46 - Open Cluster
Messier 47 - M47 - Open Cluster

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