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Cool Things in the Sky

Cool Things

For the month of February 2023

Mars is high in the sky in the South all month after sunset and is joined by a waxing crescent moon on the 27th.


Early evening near the western horizon brings us Venus. Venus climbs into the Western sky all month nearing conjunction with Jupiter on the 28th. Conjunction is on March 1 when the pair will make for some spectacular viewing and will be separated by only ½ degree or a full moon diameter.


A very thin waxing crescent moon slides by Venus on the 23rd and 24th.


Saturn is in conjunction with the sun this month on the 16th so will be otherwise close to the sun on either side of that date.


The moon phases for this month are full on the 5th, last quarter on the 13th, new on the 20th and first quarter on the 27th.