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Tomorrow morning, Venus and Mercury will be only 1° apart.
Look to the south-east about half an hour before sunrise.
Binoculars will probably be required to view the planetary pairing.

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Planet Mercury 2008- 2-27 6:57 UT
Magnitude: 0.3
Diameter: 7.7 "
Phase: 92 °
Distance: 0.8683 AU
Solar Distance: 0.4419 AU
J2000 RA: 20h55m03.77s Dec:-16°47'29.2"
Rise : 6:30 UT


Planet Venus 2008- 2-27 6:57 UT
Magnitude: -3.9
Diameter: 11.4 "
Phase: 37 °
Distance: 1.4698 AU
Solar Distance: 0.7272 AU
J2000 RA: 20h57m29.35s Dec:-17°45'56.6"
Rise : 6:40 UT


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Saturn reaches opposition at 10:00 UT, on the 24th February, 2008.
A planet is at opposition when the sun is on one side of Earth and the planet is directly on the opposite side.

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Saturn rings are still visible in small telescopes.
About every 13 to 16 years, the rings are viewed edgewise-on to the Earth's line-of-sight. This year the rings are starting to close and are nearly edge-on.
The planet will rise at sunset and will remain visible all night.

Look for Saturn low in the east after sunset. The star Regulus in Leo is positioned near to the planet

SATURN-2008-2-23-17h30m

Planet Saturn 17:30 UT
Magnitude: 0.6
Diameter: 20.1 "
Distance: 8.2915 AU
Solar Distance: 9.2803 AU

J2000 RA: 10h30m26.99s Dec:+11°21'23.3"

Rise : 17:16
Culmination : 0:33
Set : 7:51


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Girls in pajamas and boys in hoods, 150 or so adolescents and a few frozen adults mingled neath the ever-elusive moon last night, singing its praises in eighth-grade superlatives awesome, very cool, gorgeous and when the eclipse went total, they all stared up as if moonstruck.
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If the sky is clear tonight, look up and you'll see two special shows from outer space: One out-of-control spy satellite on its way to destruction, and for good measure, a total eclipse of the moon.
Both will be visible with the naked eye, although some of Canada will miss the dying spy satellite.

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Stargazers are likely to be disappointed when they crawl out of bed hoping to see the last total lunar eclipse in Britain for seven years tomorrow morning. The event, which will take place in the early hours, will be obscured by cloud and fog settling over much of the country.
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 A total eclipse  of the moon will be visible  from 03:01 GMT to 03:51 GMT, February 21, 2008.
A  partial eclipse  will be visible from the eastern Pacific between 01:43 GMT to 03:01 GMT; and  visible from Africa, Europe and much of South and West Asia, from 03:51 GMT to 05:09 GMT.
The midpoint track of totality is near to French Guiana.

February 21, 2008
Partial Eclipse Begins: 01:43  UT
Total Eclipse Begins: 03:01 UT
Mid-Eclipse:  03:26 UT
Total Eclipse Ends: 03:51 UT
Partial Eclipse Ends:  05:09 UT

The early morning of Thursday, 21 February is your last chance to see a complete lunar eclipse before December 2010. Visible across most of western Europe, the best time to see the eclipse is between 4:01 am and 4:51 am CET.
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