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6 Upcoming Astronomical Events in February 2024

Jan 30, 2024, 12:15 PM IST

6 Upcoming Astronomical Events in February 2024

Riya Teotia

Feb 2- Mercury at Aphelion

On February 2, planet Mercury will reach its aphelion, that is, it will be farthest from the Sun. This event will impact Mercury's orbital speed and slow it down.

Feb 7- Moon Near Venus

On February 7, an 11 percent-illuminated Moon will be close to Venus. Both objects will be in the constellation Sagittarius and can be observed with the naked eye.

Feb 9- New Moon

The New Moon will occur on February 9, at 22:59 GMT. At this point, the Moon's bright side will be facing away from the Earth and this will be the best time for stargazing because the Moon’s light won’t hinder the view.

Feb 15- Moon Near Jupiter

On February 15, a 37 percent-illuminated Moon will be close to Jupiter. Both objects will be in the constellation Aries and can be observed with the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

Feb 22- Venus Near Mars

On February 22, Venus will meet Mars in the constellation Capricornus. The planets will be clearly visible to the naked eye, but for a closer look, use a pair of binoculars.

Feb 24- Snow Moon

The Full Snow Moon will occur on February 24, at 12:30 GMT. Our natural satellite will be in the constellation Leo and the lunar disk will appear full for one day before and after it.

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