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Neptune is in Conjunction on the 19th February, 2012

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The Sun enters the zodiac sign of Pisces at 6:18 UT on the 19th February.



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An Alignment of Planets


The brightest planets in the night sky are aligning for a must-see show in late February and March 2012.

The brightest planets in the solar system are lining up in the evening sky, and you can see the formation - some of it at least - tonight.
Go out at sunset and look west.  Venus and Jupiter pop out of the twilight even before the sky fades completely black.  The two brilliant planets surrounded by evening blue is a beautiful sight.

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The Moon occults Messier 21 at 06:00 UT, 17th February, 2012.



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Mars is at aphelion (distance to sun is 1.6660 AU) at 20:59 UT, 15th February, 2012.



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Titan is south of Saturn on the 15th February, 2012.



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Last Quarter Moon (declination: -20.45°) at 17:03.9 UT, 14th February, 2012.



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Mercury is 1°18' south of Neptune at 00:40:40 UT, 14th February, 2012.



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Eyes on the Sky: Feb 13 thru Feb 19

Globe at Night is an effort to get a true sense of what light pollution conditions exist across the world. Help this effort succeed by taking a few minutes this week to submit what your night-sky viewing conditions are like where you live and/or observe.



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Mars approaches opposition

Mars rises at our ENE horizon by about 19:30 tonight and is conspicuous and unmistakable with its reddish hue as it climbs high into the SE by midnight.
Mars passes its aphelion on Wednesday, 17 days later than it did in 1997. It is closest at 101 million km on 5 March when its telescopic diameter is a mere 13.9 arcsec, 130 times smaller than the Moon. Even so, dusky detail on its surface may be glimpsed through decent telescopes.

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