The Lion, the Moon and the Planet


February 22nd, 2016

After a fairly quiet week, the Moon turns full in Leo the Lion today. Being full, its light will brighten the sky and make the surrounding fainter stars difficult to see, but you should still be able to pick out bright Regulus and nearby Jupiter.

Observers in Australia will see the Moon very close to Regulus while those in the United Kingdom and North America will see the Moon between the star and the planet. The Moon will be closer to Jupiter tomorrow and will then continue on toward Mars and Saturn.

Adapted from 2016: The Night Sky Sights (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom) and 2016: An Astronomical Year (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.)


All Astronomical Events for February 22nd, 2016

12:33 UT – The almost full Moon is south of Regulus (Leo, visible all night.)

18:20 UT – Full Moon (Leo, visible all night.)

The constellation Sextans (the Sextant) culminates at midnight tonight. (All night.)

The multiple star Algieba culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 2.6. Leo, all night.)


Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here. Night sky simulations created using Mobile Observatory for Android devices.

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