Wed, 7 February 2007
Carpe Noctem - Seize the Night!
Image courtesy of Dr. Mark Showalter
Moons and Rings Teleconference
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Thu, 1 February 2007
Download this month's sky map!
Kym Thalassoudis does a wonderful job creating accurate and easy to use star maps every month! Visit his site at www.skymaps.com for skymaps and links to other useful astronomical sites. Also a great portal for astronomical gifts!
Those in the Southern Hemisphere should also visit James Barclay's site for a great tour of the Southern Hemisphere December sky.
Another great site for Southern Hemisphere viewers is the Royal Astronomical
Society of New Zealand's Southern Hemisphere Calendar can be found at the RASNZ site
Download "What's up 2007: 365 days of Skywatching" by Tammy Plotner, published by Universe Today (Faser Cain) it is a fantastic and it is free!
Planets for February 2007
Mercury The first week of February marks it's greatest elongation and better viewing. Mercury continues to creep closer to Venus until the 13th before heading back towards the sun from which it rarely strays. -0.9 mag (1st) to 4.4 mag (21st)
Venus Easy target at sunset and until half an hour after astronomical twilight. On the 7th at 13h UT use Venus to find Uranus 0.7 degrees S. -3.8 mag (1st) to - 3.8 mag (21st)
Mars Mars has moved into Sagitarrius and rising about 1.5 hours before the Sun towards the end of the month Mars moves into Capricorn with Neptune. 1.4 mag (1st) to 1.3 mag (21st)
Jupiter At the beginning of the month Jupiter is rising a few hours after midnight and by mid-month closer to midnight. Jupiter at -1.8 mag, spends the first 11 months of the year in Ophiuchus! -1.9 mag (1st) to -2.0 mag (21st)
Saturn spends the entire year in Leo and is the showpiece of the night time sky. Saturn is at opposition on the 10th rising at sunset opposite Venus and Mercury and transiting around midnight as Jupiter rises. 0.0 mag (1st) to 0.0 mag (21st)
Uranus Starts the month it is 1 deg E of Lambda on the 7th use Venus to find Uranus just 0.7 degrees N of Venus. 8.0 mag (1st) to 8.0 mag (21st)
Neptune will camp out in Capricorn all year long. Invisible as the Sun creeps into Capricorn Neptune is in conjunction with the sun on the 8th.
Key Dates for February 2007
Days and Times in UT (help with time)
Observations are for 8pm for the mid-northern latitudes and for 10pm for the mid-southern latitudes.
Great site for sunrise and sunset times and a downloadable toolbar application by Steve Edwards
Astronomical Highlights for 2007
Earth's major motions for 2007
Planet Positions for 2007
Eclipses for 2007
March 19 - partial solar eclipse (see map, times, and animation!): The first solar eclipse of 2007 occurs at the Moon's ascending node in Pisces and is visible from eastern Asia and parts of northern Alaska
September 11 - partial solar eclipse (see map, times, and animation): The last eclipse of 2007 is a partial solar eclipse at the Moon's descending node in southern Leo. Its visibility is confined to parts of South America, Antarctica and the South Atlantic
March 3-4 - total lunar eclipse (see map): The beginning of the umbral phase visible in the Arctic region, Africa, Europe, Asia except for extreme eastern region, most of Indonesia, western Australia, Queen Maud Land of Antarctica, extreme eastern South America, Greenland, the Indian Ocean, the South Atlantic Ocean, and the eastern North Atlantic Ocean; the end visible in Africa, Europe, western Asia, Queen Maud Land of Antarctica and Antarctic Peninsula, South America, eastern North America, Greenland, the Arctic region, the Atlantic Ocean, the western Indian Ocean, and the extreme eastern South Pacific Ocean.
August 28 - total lunar eclipse (see map): The beginning of the umbral phase visible in North America, South America except extreme east, Antarctica except for Enderby Land, New Zealand, eastern Australia, extreme northeastern Asia, the Pacific Ocean, and the western Atlantic Ocean; the end visible in New Zealand, Australia, most of Antarctica except Queen Maud Land, Indonesia, eastern Asia, western North America, the Pacific Ocean, and the southeastern Indian Ocean.Eclipse information from: NASA Eclipse Homepage, Eclipses Online (HM Nautical Almanac Office, UK in coordination with the U.S. Naval Observatory)
Meteor Showers for 2007
As luck would have it, all the major meteor showers reach their peaks in 2007 with the Moon out of the sky. Any of these showers can produce dozens of shooting stars each dark hour leading up to dawn.Mark your calendar to look for...
Comets for JanuaryGary Kronk's comet and meteor pages
Skyhound Comet pages
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