A table listing some of the Astronomical Phenomena for February 2017:

Phenomena February

1Moon passes 2 degrees south of Mars mag +1.1 (1 UT)
2Moon passes 3 degrees south of Uranus mag +5.9 (8 UT)
3Vesta mag. +6.6 passes 3 degrees south of Pollux mag +1.1 (3 UT)
4First quarter Moon (4:19 UT)
5Moon passes 0.2 degrees north of Aldebaran mag +0.9, occultation is visible from South and Central Europe, North Africa, Middle East (21:39 UT)
6Moon is at perigee 368,816 km or 229,172 miles from Earth (14:11 UT)
6Jupiter mag -2.2 is stationary in Virgo, afterwards begins retrograde motion (18 UT)
7Mercury is at aphelion 0.467 AU (approx. 69.9 million kilometres or 43.4 million miles) from the Sun (12 UT)
8Moon passes 7 degrees south of Vesta mag +6.7 (23 UT)
9Moon passes 10 degrees south of Pollux mag +1.1 (2 UT)
11Full Moon, penumbral lunar eclipse visible from the Americas, Europe, Africa and most of Asia (00:44 UT)
11Moon passes 0.8 degrees south of Regulus mag +1.4, occultation is visible from Australia, New Zealand (14:30 UT)
15Moon passes 7 degrees north of Spica mag +1.0 (14 UT)
15Moon passes 3 degrees north of Jupiter mag -2.2 (15 UT)
16Jupiter is at aphelion 5.457 AU (approx. 816.4 million kms or 507.3 million miles) from the Sun (7 UT)
17Venus is at its greatest illumination mag -4.9 (7 UT)
18Last quarter Moon (19:34 UT)
18Moon is at apogee 404,375 km or 251,267 miles from Earth (21:14 UT)
19Moon passes 10 degrees north of Antares mag +1.0 (12 UT)
20Asteroid (15) Eunomia mag +9.2 is at opposition 1.851 AU (approx. 276.9 million kms or 172.1 million miles) from Earth (3 UT)
20Venus is at perihelion 0.718 AU (approx. 107 million kilometres or 66.7 million miles) from the Sun (17 UT)
20Moon passes 4 degrees north of Saturn mag +0.5 (23 UT)
23Jupiter mag -2.3 passes 4 degrees north of Spica mag +1.0 (17 UT)
26New Moon. Annular Solar Eclipse visible from southern South America, South-western Africa (14:55 UT)
27Mars mag +1.3 passes 0.6 degrees north of Uranus mag +5.9 (8 UT)
28Moon passes 10 degrees south of Venus mag -4.8 (20 UT)

Sky Highlights - February 2017

Comet Encke (2P/Encke) now visible in the western sky during evening twilight
Now is the last good chance to see comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova before it dramatically fades

Mars passes less than 1 degree north of Uranus on February 27th

Minor Planet
Vesta now visible with binoculars and small telescopes.

The Planets
This Month's Guide

Algol Minima
Algol eclipse dates and times for February 2017

Northern Hemisphere
Southwest:- Venus (mag. -4.8), Mars (mag. +1.1 to +1.3), Uranus (mag. +5.9)
East:- Jupiter (mag. -2.1 to -2.3)
South:- Jupiter
Southeast:- Saturn (mag. +0.6)

Southern Hemisphere
West:- Venus, Mars, Uranus
East:- Jupiter
North:- Jupiter
East:- Saturn, Mercury (mag. -0.2 - first half of month)

Deep Sky
Naked eye / binoculars:-
Messier 45 - M45 - The Pleiades (Open Cluster)
The Hyades - Open Cluster
Messier 44 - M44 - The Praesepe (Open Cluster)
Messier 35 - M35 - Open Cluster
Messier 42 - M42 - The Great Orion Nebula (Emission/Reflection)

Small telescopes:-
Messier 36 - M36 - Open Cluster
Messier 37 - M37 - Open Cluster
Messier 38 - M38 - Open Cluster

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