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A starry show: February will have numerous celestial displays on the night sky

February events
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Here’s a monthly sky chart to know what to watch out for

The mists of winter is fading and February has set in. Though cold, the sky is clearer and we get to see Orion almost throughout the whole night. Once the sun sets, the shimmering Orion constellation appears in the eastern sky, and it does not require a telescope of binocular to see it. But that’s not all. Here are all the celestial events happening in February.

Feb. 3, 2021

Celestial sights to see this February
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Moon will be at perigree, the closest to Earth in this round, and nearly half of it will be seen. Mercury will be swallowed by the Sun’s glow and will get the Heliacal Setting West position. Might be spotted in the setting sky.

Feb. 4, 2021

The day is the last quarter of the moon.

Feb. 6, 2021

In the early morning, you will be able to witness Venus just half a degree from Saturn. Time will be around 6:33, but many in eastern India will not be able to see it.

Feb. 8, 2021

February Events
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Mercury appears between Sun and Earth in a position called Inferior Conjunction of Mercury.

Feb. 10, 2021

Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn will be lining up in the early morning sky next to the crescent moon. Time will be around 6:40 am and will be visible for the majority of western India.

Feb. 11, 2021 

Night of the new moon and Venus will be at half-degree from Jupiter.

Feb. 17, 2021

Venus will disappear behind the Sun’s glow in the morning sky. It will reach the Heliacal Setting East position and slowly move till it attains Superior Conjunction on March 26.

Feb. 18, 2021

Moon attains the farthest position from Earth. Mars will be near the moon between Pleidas and the moon.

Feb. 20, 2021

Venus will be at aphelion position, the farthest it can be from the Sun.

Feb. 21, 2021

Moon will appear trapped inside the Great Hexagon – Sirius, Procyon, Pollux, Capella, Aldebaran and Rigel.

Feb. 27, 2021 

A full moon night.

 

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