The Celestial Sky on Feb 22-28
The final week of February offers a lot of celestial views that shouldn’t be missed. Below is a list of celestial events from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28:
The waning crescent moon is close to Mars, Jupiter and Mercury in the southeastern sky at 5:30 am on February 22 and 23.
Mercury and Jupiter are closest together at dawn (visible around 5:30 am too) on February 24 .
Also on February 24, right after midnight, Comet Lulin is close to Saturn in constellation Leo, which is located in the south to southeastern sky. The comet is already visible with the naked eye but use binoculars for a decent view. Visit this site to get the sky chart.
The waxing cresent moon is near Venus after sunset on February 27. This is probably the best moon-planet conjunction of the year.
Lastly on February 28, Comet Lulin is near Regulus, the brightest star in constellation Leo.
I find this week very exciting because it will be my first time to experience a whole week of astronomical events hahaha!
Let’s hope for clear skies! Happy Observing Everyone!