Feburary Moon & Planet data for 2013


Only Jupiter and Saturn will be readily visible during February. By the end of the month Jupiter will set about midnight so will be low late evening. Saturn will still be best seen as a morning object, but will rise a little 11 pm at the end of the month.

Mercury and Mars will be very low in the sky immediately after sunset, while Venus will be low in the morning sky at sunrise.

Comet Panstarrs may be reasonably bright by the end of February, visible both in the morning and evening, rising before the Sun and setting after it.


The follwing table lists various solar system object events during February. A list of astronomical terms used in may be found after the table.

February 2 Spica 0.3 degrees north of the Moon Occn
February 3 Saturn 3.4 degrees north of the Moon
Moon last quarter
February 4 Mars 0.4 degrees south of Neptune
February 6 Moon southern most declination (-20.6 degrees)
Mercury 0.4 degrees south of Neptune
February 7 Moon at perigee
Pluto 0.5 degrees south of the Moon Occn
February 8 Mercury 0.3 degrees north of Mars
February 9 Venus 5.7 degrees south of the Moon
February 10 Moon new
February 11 Neptune 5.5 degrees south of the Moon
Mars 5.8 degrees south of the Moon
Mercury 4.9 degrees south of the Moon
February 13 Uranus 4.2 degrees south of the Moon
February 16 Mercury greatest elong E(18)
February 17 Moon first quarter
February 18 Jupiter 0.9 degrees north of the Moon Occn
Aldebaran 3.8 degrees south of the Moon
February 19 Moon at apogee
Saturn stationary
Moon northern most declination (20.6 degrees)
February 21 Neptune at conjunction
February 22 Mercury stationary
February 25 Regulus 5.4 degrees north of the Moon
Moon full
February 26 Mercury 4.1 degrees north of Mars
February 28 Venus 0.7 degrees south of Neptune
  • apogee: Furtherest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Earth
  • conjunction: Two astronomical objects are 'lined up' (have the same right ascension) when viewed from Earth
  • declination: 'Latitude' for celestial objects. The distance in degress above (north) or below (south) the celestial equator.
  • perigee: Nearest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Earth