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Best Night Sky Events for Stargazers in February 2015 (Sky Maps)

Full Moon, February 2015

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The night sky in February brings with it amazing views of the moon and planets across the solar system. Take a look at some of the most promising night sky sights for your (weather permitting) in this sky map gallery from Starry Night Software.

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6:09 p.m. EST. The Full Moon of February is known as the "Snow Moon" or "Hunger Moon." It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise; this is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.

Last Quarter Moon, February 2015

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Wednesday, Feb. 11, 10:50 p.m. EST. The Last Quarter Moon rises around 1:15 a.m. and sets around 11:45 a.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.

New Moon, February 2015

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Wednesday, Feb. 18, 6:47 p.m. EST. The moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the sun, but can be seen low in the east as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the west an evening or two after New Moon.

First Quarter Moon, February 2015

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Wednesday, Feb. 25, 12:14 p.m. EST. The First Quarter Moon rises around 11 a.m. and sets around 2 a.m. It dominates the evening sky.

Venus and Neptune, February 2015

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Sunday, Feb. 1, 6 a.m. EST. Venus passes within a degree of Neptune.

Zodiacal Light, February 2015

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Friday, Feb. 6–Friday, Feb. 20, after evening twilight. Look to the south of west, just above Venus and Mars, for the faint zodiacal light, reflected from interplanetary matter along the ecliptic (marked by green line). Don't confuse it with the brighter Milky Way to the northwest.

Jupiter in Opposition, February 2015

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Friday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m. Jupiter will be directly opposite the sun in Earth's sky, rising at sunset and setting at sunrise.

Mars, Venus, and the Moon, February 2015

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Friday, Feb. 20, evening twilight. A close grouping of two planets with contrasting colors, and a narrow crescent moon.

Uranus and the Moon, February 2015

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Saturday, Feb. 21, evening. The moon will occult the planet Uranus, visible across much of North America. Use planetarium software like Starry Night to find the exact times for your location.

Mercury at Dawn, February 2015

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Tuesday, Feb. 24, dawn. Mercury will be at greatest elongation westward from the sun, especially favourable for observers in the Southern Hemisphere, seen here from Melbourne.

Aldebaran and the Moon, February 2015

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Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. EST. The First Quarter Moon passes close to the red giant star Aldebaran and the Hyades star cluster. The bright Pleiades star cluster is off to the right. The moon will pass in front of Aldebaran for observers in northern latitudes: Alaska, NW Canada, N Russia, Greenland, Iceland, and Scandinavia.

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