February 29th, 2016
As everyone knows, February 29th only comes around once every four years and this year we have something to remember for early risers. The waning gibbous Moon is catching up to Mars but the ringed planet Saturn can also be seen nearby, a little further to the east.
Between the two planets lies Antares, the red giant star that marks the heart of Scorpius the Scorpion. Over the next few months Mars and Saturn will be coming closer together until Mars passes Saturn at the end of August.
All Astronomical Events for February 29th, 2016
10:25 UT – Neptune is at apogee. Distance to Earth: 30.949 AU. (Magnitude 8.0, diameter 2.2”. Aquarius, not visible.)
17:54 UT – The waning gibbous Moon is north of Mars. (Mars: 90% illuminated, magnitude 0.2, diameter 8.6”. Libra, pre-dawn sky. See details above.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
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