What is this? – 1st Feb 2012, look SW

If you are afforded a view on these clear, cold evenings, just after sunset, The moon will be big and to the west of it are two planets.

Evening SkyClick image to view

These three bodies form the whole of the observable objects for a short time each evening.

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3 Responses to “What is this? – 1st Feb 2012, look SW”

  1. Admin says:

    We have started into the next phase of this 3-body conjunction.

    The moon has ‘traveled’ right round behind the earth and is rising again from the west as a new moon in our sunsets.

    Venus is still our evening star.

    Jupiter is moving west to be above Venus.

    The Jupiter / Venus / moon conjunction is beautiful to see – if you get the chance to view it. And, it changes every evening.

    Here is a photo from Spaceweather.com taken 24th February.

    Spaceweather photo of Jupiter / Venus / the moon, 24th Feb, by Rafael Schmall in Hungary

  2. Phil says:

    Unaccustomed as I am to commenting upon astronomical phenomena; it looks to me like these three objects are forming up to give us a fine sight either next month or the month after.

    The moon, as initially shown above, moves leftward each day, relative to the two planets, until after one month, or less, it appears again to the right of the two planets.

    While this procession is going on the right-most planet is moving to the left, closer and closer toward its neighbour.

    Thus the moon and the two planets should all be very close to each other in March or in April.

    In fact the days to watch for are:
    25 & 26 February 2012, and
    25 2012 March.

  3. David says:

    This is what the February mystery object looks like from the southern hemisphere. Seen here over the harbour in Auckland, New Zealand.

    February planets from Aukland, New ZealandClick image to view

    Regards to all in TDFC from the Antipodes,
    David & Heather