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« : January 22, 2016, 04:03:01 PM »

FEBRUARY 2016
Happiest of New Year From Your Friends at ASO!
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The ASO MONTHLY CALENDAR OF EVENTS  AND ASTRONOMICAL DATA
Note that recent discoveries and events of immediate importance are always posted
on the ASO Current News Forum!!
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Calendar is based on the "Space Calendar" data presented by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/calendar/
and the Arkansas Sky Observatory www.arksky.org Team

IMPORTANT SKY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES OF INTEREST TO ASTRONOMERS, PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR, ARE PROVIDED BY ASO
NOTE:  Highlighted events are those that are of interest to observers with modest equipment, or are special events of interest to ALL astronomers!
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NOTE!! CLICK ON CALENDAR EVENTS TO LINK WITH MORE ABOUT EACH EVENT!!! 
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SUPERCHARGE your telescope Now.......
be ready for the inviting skies of SPRING!
(SEE ASO "Services" @ http://www.arksky.org/supercharge.htm )
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The Solar System in JANUARY 2016 : (see also ASO Planet Patrol Image Archives for Daily Updates!)
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A NICE MONTH FOR EVENING OBSERVING OF PLANETS!  - See below for the rare morning grouping of all naked eye planets!
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Mercury -  Mercury is very close to the glare of the sun but can be viewed alongside VENUS, PLUTO and the very thin waning crescent moon on the mornings of Feb. 5-6, with the earlier morning favored because of better visibility of the crescent moon; plan to get out early - about 5:30 a.m. and watch for very bright VENUS to rise, then followed by Mercury and the sliver of a moon just to the north of Mercury; PLUTO is nearly behind Venus, but is just slightly north and of course requires a larger telescope to view.  You will be able to see the closest solar system object to Earth (the moon), with the closest Planet to the Sun (Mercury), the closest planet to Earth (Venus) grouped with the most distant large solar system object known (Pluto).  Quite a morning  - all in SAGITTARIUS.
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Venus - Very bright and nearly fully illuminated from our vantage point, this brilliant morning star is beginning to sink ever-so-closer to the eastern horizon each morning, rising about 5:30 local time in the far southeast while still dark and pre-twilight.  By month's end, the planet will be seen only in twilight;  -  In SAGITTARIUS
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Mars -  Mars is rising about 1 a.m. local time, about an hour ahead of bright yellow SATURN; Mars' diameter grows to nearly 8" arc this month, but the planet is still quite distant; each passing week will bring the Red Planet closer for more favorable views toward winter months. Compare the reddish color of Mars to the distinctive yellow of Saturn. - In PISCES
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Jupiter -  Our mightiest planet, the gas giant JUPITER, nears opposition this month and is about as favorable for observng as one can wish for; rising at about 8:00 p.m. local time in the east and transiting overhead (for northern observers) at midnight, this solar system king will be at one of the most favorable oppositions in many years.  - in LEO
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Saturn - Rising about 2 a.m. local time, Saturn will be high in the southeastern sky by dawn with its majestic rings opened nearly full tilt (about 25 degrees) for beautiful viewing.  -  In OPHIUCHUS
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Uranus - At only 6 arc seconds in diameter, a small telescope will be needed to spot this planet, along with a good planetarium program.  Uranus sets about 8 p.m. local time in a bright western sky, so there is not a lot of time for viewing after sunset.  - In PISCES.
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Neptune - At a faint magnitude 7.9 but now setting only a very short time after the sun and approaching conjunction with the sun, - In AQUARIUS
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Pluto - Now is now rising in the southeastern skies just before dawn (about 5 a.m. local time) this distant planet is a "bright" 14.2 magnitude and visible in 10" and larger telescopes - In SAGITTARIUS
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NOTE: to locate the three outer planets, we recommend you use the charts from a good planetarium PC program! 
ALSO see the finder charts on line from  Sky & Telescope Magazine for yearly details and very nice tracking charts....visit:
www.SkyandTelescope.com/UranusNeptune
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Observable COMETS and the ASO Comet Patrol:  ( http://www.arksky.org/php/ctable.php
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Note that the locations and predictions for brightness, tail, etc. of all comets can be found for nearly all major/popular PC planetarium programs from the Harvard/Minor Planet Center's excellent source at:
http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/Ephemerides/SoftwareEls.html
which is updated quite often with all new comets and refined orbits for those already known!  The following data is estimated for early November, and will vary depending on time of night that you are observing.  Note that the following list of comets gives information for about mid-month and around midnight local time.
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There are two very active comets brighter than magnitude 10 predicted for February 2016:
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Comet Catalina c2013 US10 - This is likely to be "The Comet of 2016" for northern hemisphere observers....putting on a spectacular show throughout late 2015 for the observers and still very high at midnight and bright in the sky, easily visible in binoculars and small telescopes.  Nearly due north all night long, very close to our north star, Polaris throughout the first two weeks of Feb.
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Comet PANSTARRS c2013 X1 - no one expected this comet to attain the brightness that it has in January and now continues to develop; although not as bright as Catalina (above) it is still a very good comet in small telescopes as well as with wide field imaging.  Nearly due east in the constellation of Pegasus at dark and sets about 9 p.m. local time.
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OTHER COMETS VISIBLE:  There are MANY beautiful comets visible in February 2016 in the 12th through 17th magnitude range and easily viewed or captured via CCD in modest telescopes.  Observers should visit the Harvard/Minor Planet Center Observable Comets Page at:
http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/lists/LastCometObs.html where comets and their predicted activity are updated nearly daily.
For your individual PC program or telescope GO TO operation drives, you can download exact specifications formatted to YOUR PC protocol from the MPC at:
http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/Ephemerides/SoftwareEls.html
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An Opportunity to put the Solar System into Perspective
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All throughout the first week of this month, you will have a rare, rare chance to view FIVE naked eye planets simultaneously with the naked eye: Mercury is very close to the glare of the sun but can be viewed alongside VENUS, SATURN, JUPITER, and MARS and the very thin waning crescent moon on the mornings of Feb. 5-6, with the earlier morning favored because of better visibility of the crescent moon; plan to get out early - about 5:30 a.m. and watch for very bright VENUS to rise very low in the SE sky  Mercury is much dimmer and lower to the eastern horizon; above Venus will be Saturnm reddish Mars and then Jupiter, nearly directly overhead!  Quite a morning  - all in one view of the human eye.
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METEOR SHOWERS FOR FEBRUARY 2016.

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METEOR SHOWERS for February:  .
Observe when the moon does not interfere and attempt to observe AFTER midnight for most meteors to be seen!  There is only one notable meteor shower that peaks this month:

With all meteor showers, attempt to observe when the moon does not interfere and attempt to observe AFTER midnight for most meteors to be seen!   
However, as with many months and times during the year, observers should always be aware that new sporadic meteor showers can occur at anytime from seemingly unknown sources and radiants,
 
February 26 - DELTA LEONID METEORS - With the moon being strong gibbous on both days on either side of this date of this minor meteor shower, 2016 will prove to be an pooryear for the Delta Leonid meteors it appears......and..this one is the the only meteor shower that February has to offer each year.   The Earth actually intersects the cloud of cometary or asteroidal (the actual source of the cloud is not known at this time....) as early as Feb. 5 each year and seems to be encountering meteoric material as late as March 19; nonetheless, there IS a definite peak each year that seems to center on the last few days of February.  These are moderately slow meteors, traveling at about 24 KPS, and only about five per hour can be expected at most.  The radiant, at astronomical coordinates: RA 10h 36m / DEC +19 deg, is found about midway between the moderately bright stars Zosma and Algeiba (the two that make the long stretch of the Lion's Back in Leo); look for these stars and the meteor shower to be nearly overhead for mid-northern latitudes about 11 p.m. local time, with most meteors seen well after.  Since the gibbous moon is in the sky from before midnight to dawn, this should be an average year at best to watch for this mysterious meteor shower.
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 CONSTELLATION FOR FEBRUARY
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The magnificently large constellation of AURIGA dominates the skies with its bright star CAPELLA.   As we enter the realm of the celestial charioteer, note that we are moving deeper into the "Orion Arm" of our Milky Way galaxy; from our vantage point of space - our sun as but one star in a spiral arm of our galaxy - we are peering OUT of the galaxy to intergalactic space, looking across the most distant Orion Arm of stars.   Hence, you can expect the number of stars and galactic clusters within this more distant spiral arm to increase dramatically and there is no better place to witness this density than within the boundaries of Auriga.
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You will note that this large constellation forms a five-sided "pentagram" of sorts; however, this is actually not the case from a traditional standpoint, even though most star maps also include Beta Tauri - Al Nath - in the five-sided asterism. Al Nath (or simply Alnath) is located precisely on the south border of Auriga and the north border of Taurus and hence it is somewhat of a "shared" star between the two, but the actual Bayer assignment goes to Taurus on this one.
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In addition to familiar Taurus, the Bull, to the south, Auriga is bordered at the north by Camelopardalis, Perseus to its west, Lynx to the east, and Gemini to the southeast.
The Aurigid meteor shower is generally observable between January 31 and February 23, a fairly scant meteor shower that is better known for its bright fireballs than a large number of hourly meteors. It does not have a clearly distinguishable radiant, but rather the meteors appear to emanate from the direction of the entire group of stars that form Auriga. From August 25th until September 6th, the Alpha Aurigid (so named for the proximity of the shower radiant to the bright "alpha" star Capella) shower is active. Although the hourly maximum is about 9 meteors, outbursts of up to 30 meteors per hour were observed in 1935 and 1986. Another meteor shower - the Delta Aurigids - has an annual showing in Auriga. These may be observed between September 22 and October 23 each year with the maximum of this shower on around October 6 to October 15.
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Within the borders of Auriga are at least 10 brighter galactic stars  clusters of interest to amateur astronomers, all of which are visible in the widest range of telescope sizes, and certainly most even in binoculars. Three of those are designated as Messier Objects, although several others could just as easily be so assigned.
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Auriga (pronounced "awe-REE-ga") mythologically has several designations, and there is much uncertainty as to specifically which original story is accurate (well, actually is ANY myth really accurate?). In some interpretations, Auriga represents the god of the seas - POSEIDON (or perhaps "Neptune") - but he is STILL a "charioteer" in such variations nonetheless. Only in this case his Chariot of Conch is being drawn by very large (and I must say frightful-looking!) "sea horses."
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The interesting aspect of the entire confusion "charioteer" story is that the constellation has always depicted Auriga without ANY chariot whatsoever, although the reins of such an unseen vehicle are clearly typically shown in his right hand. Another confusing aspect is this association he has with GOATS....yes, GOATS. Here is either a mighty and brave charioteer of Greek hero status OR a Greek god of the seas, and he has this fascination with GOATS! On his left shoulder is always depicted a small goat, while in his left arm he cradles two kid goats tightly as he "chariots-away."
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So....yet another Greco-Roman myth has a slight angle on the entire chariot/goat combination, this portraying our Auriga NOT as a mighty wheeled warrior nor god, but the actual INVENTOR of the chariot - ERECTHONIUS, the lame son of the mythological notables Vulcan and Minerva. A lover of gentle animals and handicapped, it is told that Erecthonius actually invented the idea of the wheeled chariot as merely a way to get around, as he could not walk. So...in this case, it is not an instrument of war or fighting...it is in essence a wheelchair for a kind and gentle young man as he traveled near and far to care for the gentle animals throughout the lands of milk and honey.....
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FEBRUARY 2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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Feb 01 - Comet 17P/Holmes At Opposition (3.384 AU)
Feb 01 - Asteroid 3153 Lincoln Closest Approach To Earth (1.508 AU) 
Feb 01 - 60th Anniversary (1956), Establishment of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA)
Feb 01-02 - Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Meeting, San Antonio, Texas
Feb 01-05 - Electron Capture Supernovae and Super-AGB Stars Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
Feb 01-05 - CERN Winter School on Supergravity, Strings, and Gauge Theory 2016, Geneva, Switzerland
Feb 01-12 - School on Large Scale Structure: From Galaxies to the Cosmic Web, Pune, India
Feb 02 - Ernst Zinner's 130th Birthday (1886)
Feb 03 - GPS 2F-12 Atlas 5 Launch
Feb 03 - Cassini, Orbital Trim Maneuver #440 (OTM-440)
Feb 03 - Comet P/2014 U4 (PANSTARRS) At Opposition (3.029 AU)
Feb 03 - Asteroid 3784 Chopin Closest Approach To Earth (2.614 AU)
Feb 03 - Asteroid 13897 Vesuvius Closest Approach To Earth (3.581 AU)
Feb 03 - Spaceport UK Conference: A New Frontier for Growth & Enterprise, London, United Kingdom
Feb 03 - 50th Anniversary (1966), Luna 9 Landing on the Moon (1st Moon Landing)
Feb 04 - Comet 141P/Machholz Closest Approach To Earth (1.496 AU)
Feb 04 - Comet 141P-A/Machholz Closest Approach To Earth (1.498 AU)
Feb 04 - Comet P/2008 WZ96 (LINEAR) Closest Approach To Earth (2.107 AU)
Feb 04 - Comet 312P/NEAT At Opposition (3.248 AU)
Feb 04 - Comet 306P/LINEAR At Opposition (3.260 AU)
Feb 04 - Asteroid 293934 MPIA Closest Approach To Earth (1.219 AU)
Feb 04 - Asteroid 50240 Cortina Closest Approach To Earth (1.278 AU)
Feb 04 - Asteroid 144633 Georgecarroll Closest Approach To Earth (1.424 AU)
Feb 04 - Asteroid 84882 Table Mountain Closest Approach To Earth (2.030 AU)
Feb 04 - Clyde Tombaugh's 110th Birthday (1906)
Feb 05 - Comet P/2008 QP20 (LINEAR-Hill) At Opposition (1.800 AU)
Feb 05 - Comet 186P/Garradd At Opposition (4.238 AU)
Feb 05 - Comet P/2010 TO20 (LINEAR-Grauer) At Opposition (5.130 AU)
Feb 05 - Asteroid 198 Ampella Occults HIP 29545 (6.6 Magnitude Star)
Feb 05 - Aten Asteroid 367943 Duende Closest Approach To Earth (1.786 AU)
Feb 05 - Asteroid 55 Pandora Closest Approach To Earth (1.962 AU)
Feb 05 - Asteroid 93 Minerva Closest Approach To Earth (2.083 AU)
Feb 05-10 - 39th Annual Guidance and Control Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado
Feb 06 - Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann Closest Approach To Earth (2.896 AU)
Feb 06 - Comet 73P-C/Schwassmann-Wachmann Closest Approach To Earth (2.896 AU)
Feb 06 - Comet P/2010 TO20 (LINEAR-Grauer) Closest Approach To Earth (5.130 AU)
Feb 06 - Asteroid 1951 Lick Closest Approach To Earth (0.477 AU)
Feb 06 - Asteroid 8088 Australia Closest Approach To Earth (1.443 AU)
Feb 06 - Asteroid 6373 Stern Closest Approach To Earth (1.505 AU)
Feb 06 - Asteroid 2404 Antarctica Closest Approach To Earth (2.340 AU)
Feb 06 - 25th Anniversary (1991), Salyut-7 Burnup In Earth's Atmosphere (Soviet Union Space Station)
Feb 06 - 45th Anniversary (1971), Alan Shepard's Golf Shot on the Moon (Apollo 14)
Feb 06 - Ronald Reagan's 105th Birthday (1911)
*Feb 07 - Mercury At Its Greatest Western Elongation (26 Degrees)
Feb 07 - Comet 245P/WISE At Opposition (3.780 AU)
Feb 07 - Apollo Asteroid 2013 VA10 Near-Earth Flyby (0.022 AU)
Feb 07 - Aten Asteroid 2014 QD364 Near-Earth Flyby (0.036 AU)
Feb 07 - Apollo Asteroid 2015 BN509 Near-Earth Flyby (0.084 AU)
Feb 07 - Asteroid 7016 Conandoyle Closest Approach To Earth (0.891 AU)
Feb 07 - Asteroid 130 Elektra Closest Approach To Earth (2.359 AU)
Feb 07 - 15th Anniversary (2001), STS-98 Launch (Space Shuttle Atlantis, International Space Station)
Feb 07-12 - Conference: Dynamics and Accretion at the Galactic Center, Aspen, Colorado
FEBRUARY 08 - NEW MOON - 08:39 a.m. CST
*Feb 08 - Chinese New Year
Feb 08 - Cassini, Orbital Trim Maneuver #441 (OTM-441)
Feb 08 - Comet P/2010 V1 (Ikeya-Murakami) At Opposition (0.632 AU)
Feb 08 - Comet 50P/Arend Perihelion (1.919 AU)
Feb 08 - Comet 71P/Clark Closest Approach To Earth (2.859 AU)
Feb 08 - Comet 186P/Garradd Closest Approach To Earth (4.236 AU)
Feb 08 - 15th Anniversary (2001), Discovery of the SAU 094 Meteorite (Mars Meteorite)
Feb 08-11 - 27th Annual Space Radiation Investigator's Workshop (2016 Space Rad IWS), Galveston, Texas
Feb 08-12 - Conference: The Astrophysics of Planetary Habitability, Vienna, Austria
Feb 09 - Comet 73P-AX/Schwassmann-Wachmann Closest Approach To Earth (2.769 AU)
Feb 09 - Asteroid 2933 Amber Closest Approach To Earth (1.737 AU)
Feb 09 - Aten Asteroid 341843 (2008 EV5) Closest Approach To Earth (1.832 AU)
Feb 09-10 - 2016 Canadian SmallSat Symposium, Toronto, Canada
Feb 10 - Topaz 4 (NROL-45) Delta 4 Launch
Feb 10 - Comet 113P/Spitaler Closest Approach To Earth (2.000 AU)
Feb 10 - Atira Asteroid 413563 (2005 TG45) Closest Approach To Earth (0.592 AU)
Feb 10 - Asteroid 5261 Eureka (Mars Trojan) Closest Approach To Earth (0.766 AU)
Feb 10 - Asteroid 6296 Cleveland Closest Approach To Earth (0.867 AU)
Feb 10 - Asteroid 3769 Arthurmiller Closest Approach To Earth (1.106 AU)
Feb 10 - Asteroid 8209 Toscanelli Closest Approach To Earth (1.838 AU)
Feb 10 - 120th Anniversary (1896), Madrid Meteorite Fall in Spain
Feb 11 - Comet C/2014 W5 (Lemmon-PANSTARRS) Perihelion (2.596 AU)
Feb 11 - Comet 189P/NEAT At Opposition (3.133 AU)
Feb 11 - Comet 187P/LINEAR At Opposition (3.667 AU)
Feb 11 - Asteroid 9617 Grahamchapman Closest Approach To Earth (1.086 AU)
Feb 11 - Asteroid 82332 Las Vegas Closest Approach To Earth (1.579 AU)
Feb 11 - Asteroid 2620 Santana Closest Approach To Earth (1.947 AU)
Feb 11 - Apollo Asteroid 719 Albert Closest Approach To Earth (2.957 AU)
Feb 12 - Progress MS-2 Soyuz U Launch (International Space Station 63P)
Feb 12 - Asteroid 12413 Johnnyweir Closest Approach To Earth (1.901 AU)
Feb 12 - Asteroid 5811 Keck Closest Approach To Earth (2.423 AU)
Feb 12 - Royal Astronomical Society Ordinary Meeting, London, United Kingdom
Feb 12 - Meeting: Cosmology with Maps, London, United Kingdom
Feb 12 - Meeting: Joint Inversion of Geophysical Datasets for Enhanced Imaging of the Earth, London, United Kingdom
Feb 12 - 15th Anniversary (2001), NEAR, Asteroid Eros Landing
Feb 13 - Cassini, Orbital Trim Maneuver #442 (OTM-442)
Feb 13 - Comet 73P-AM/Schwassmann-Wachmann Closest Approach To Earth (2.618 AU)
Feb 13 - Comet 323P/SOHO At Opposition (2.776 AU)
Feb 13 - Comet P/2014 W1 (PANSTARRS) At Opposition (3.200 AU)
Feb 13 - Comet C/2013 G9 (Tenagra) Closest Approach To Earth (5.265 AU)
Feb 13 - Apollo Asteroid 3671 Dionysus Closest Approach To Earth (2.021 AU)
Feb 13 - Amor Asteroid 4957 Brucemurray Closest Approach To Earth (2.075 AU)
Feb 13 - Asteroid 17427 Poe Closest Approach To Earth (2.550 AU)
Feb 14 - VALENTINE DAY.....be old fashioned and fall in love today.
Feb 14 - Cassini, Distant Flyby of Polydeuces
Feb 14 - Apollo Asteroid 2014 EK24 Near-Earth Flyby (0.036 AU)
Feb 14 - Aten Asteroid 99942 Apophis Closest Approach To Earth (1.505 AU)
Feb 14 - Asteroid 188534 Mauna Kea Closest Approach To Earth (1.826 AU)
Feb 14 - 5th Anniversary (2011), Stardust, Tempel 1 Flyby
Feb 14 - Arthur Milne's 120th Birthday (1896)
FEBRUARY 15 - FIRST QUARTER MOON - 01:47 a.m. CST
Feb 15 - Galileo Day
Feb 15 - Cassini, Distant Flyby of Telesto, Epimetheus & Titan
Feb 15 - Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Closest Approach To Earth (1.485 AU)
Feb 15 - Comet 187P/LINEAR Closest Approach To Earth (3.665 AU)
Feb 15 - Asteroid 5 Astraea At Opposition (8.7 Magnitude)
Feb 15 - Aten Asteroid 2006 XP4 Near-Earth Flyby (0.063 AU)
Feb 15 - Amor Asteroid 3122 Florence Closest Approach To Earth (1.294 AU)
Feb 15 - Asteroid 1069 Planckia Closest Approach To Earth (1.837 AU)
Feb 15 - Apollo Asteroid 11311 Peleus Closest Approach To Earth (1.872 AU)
Feb 15 - Asteroid 1886 Lowell Closest Approach To Earth (2.040 AU)
Feb 15 - Asteroid 3866 Langley Closest Approach To Earth (2.709 AU)
Feb 15 - George Stoney's 190th Birthday (1826)
Feb 15 - Emmanuel Liais' 190th Birthday (1826)
Feb 16 - Cassini, Titan Flyby
Feb 16 - Comet P/2014 M4 (PANSTARRS) At Opposition (3.004 AU)
Feb 16 - Comet 15P/Finlay At Opposition (3.076 AU)
Feb 16 - Apollo Asteroid 24761 Ahau Closest Approach To Earth (0.895 AU)
Feb 16 - Asteroid 85185 Lederman Closest Approach To Earth (1.699 AU)
Feb 16 - Asteroid 5816 Potsdam Closest Approach To Earth (2.086 AU)
Feb 16 - 140th Anniversary (1876), Judesegeri Meteorite Fall (Hit Water Tank in India)
Feb 16 - Kaspar Schweizer's 200th Birthday (1816)
Feb 17 - Comet 162P/Siding Spring At Opposition (1.710 AU)
Feb 17 - Asteroid 9007 James Bond Closest Approach To Earth (1.672 AU)
Feb 17 - Asteroid 10387 Bepicolombo Closest Approach To Earth (2.144 AU)
Feb 17 - Asteroid 7231 Porco Closest Approach To Earth (2.421 AU)
Feb 17 - Kuiper Belt Object 55565 (2002 AW197) At Opposition (44.762 AU)
Feb 17 - 20th Anniversary (1996), NEAR Launch (Asteroid Orbiter/Lander)
Feb 17 - Nasir ad-Din al-Tusi's 815th Birthday (1201)
Feb 17-19 - Conference: The X-ray View of Black Hole Activity in the Local Universe, Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 17-19 - A NExSS/NAI/NSF Joint Virtual Workshop: Upstairs Downstairs - Consequences of Internal Planet Evolution for the Habitability and Detectability of Life on Extrasolar Planets
Feb 18 - Apollo Asteroid 1999 VF22 Near-Earth Flyby (0.094 AU)
Feb 18 - Atira Asteroid 1998 DK36 Closest Approach To Earth (0.705 AU)
Feb 18 - Asteroid 1850 Kohoutek Closest Approach To Earth (1.358 AU)
Feb 18 - Asteroid 4766 Malin Closest Approach To Earth (1.425 AU)
Feb 19 - Cassini, Orbital Trim Maneuver #443 (OTM-443)
Feb 19 - Comet P/2010 V1 (Ikeya-Murakami) Closest Approach To Earth (0.621 AU)
Feb 19 - Asteroid 11341 Babbage Closest Approach To Earth (1.282 AU)
Feb 19 - Asteroid 6143 Pythagoras Closest Approach To Earth (2.065 AU)
Feb 19 - 60th Anniversary (1956), Sinnai Meteorite Fall (Hit Hut in Italy)
Feb 19 - 220th Anniversary (1796), Portugal Meteorite Fall
Feb 19 - 460th Anniversary (1556), Great Comet of 1556 1st Observed
Feb 20 - Comet P/2008 WZ96 (LINEAR) At Opposition (2.147 AU)
Feb 20 - Apollo Asteroid 12923 Zephyr Closest Approach To Earth (1.948 AU)
Feb 20 - Asteroid 8000 Isaac Newton Closest Approach To Earth (2.329 AU)
Feb 20 - Kuiper Belt Object 148209 (2000 CR105) At Opposition (59.539 AU)
Feb 20 - 20th Anniversary (1996), Yukio Sakurai's Discovery of Sakurai's Object (V4334 Sgr)
Feb 20 - 30th Anniversary (1986), Mir Space Station Launch
Feb 21 - Comet 73P-AA/Schwassmann-Wachmann At Opposition (1.446 AU)
Feb 21 - Asteroid 14764 Kilauea Closest Approach To Earth (0.895 AU)
Feb 21 - Asteroid 19204 Joshuatree Closest Approach To Earth (1.381 AU)
Feb 21 - Asteroid 4226 Damiaan Closest Approach To Earth (2.593 AU)
Feb 21 - Apollo Asteroid 2329 Orthos Closest Approach To Earth (2.923 AU)
Feb 21 - Asteroid 25924 Douglasadams Closest Approach To Earth (1.536 AU)
Feb 21 - Asteroid 10044 Squyres Closest Approach To Earth (2.379 AU)
Feb 21-26 - 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting, New Orleans, Lousiana
FEBRUARY 22 - FULL MOON - 12:27 p.m. CST
Feb 22 - Comet C/2013 G9 (Tenagra) At Opposition (5.279 AU)
Feb 22 - Aten Asteroid 2010 WD1 Near-Earth Flyby (0.032 AU)
Feb 22 - Asteroid 5277 Brisbane Closest Approach To Earth (1.031 AU)
Feb 22 - Asteroid 163693 Atira Closest Approach To Earth (1.361 AU)
Feb 22 - Asteroid 9499 Excalibur Closest Approach To Earth (1.936 AU)
Feb 22 - Asteroid 78756 Sloan Closest Approach To Earth (2.134 AU)
Feb 22 - Asteroid 100007 Peters Closest Approach To Earth (2.191 AU)
Feb 22 - 110th Anniversary (1906), Max Wolf's Discovery of the 1st Trojan Asteroid (588 Achilles)
Feb 22-25 - Meeting: 2016 Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS-2016), Huntsville, Alabama
Feb 22-Mar 04 - La Silla Observing School, Santiago, Chile
Feb 23 - Apollo Asteroid 2009 DZ Near-Earth Flyby (0.084 AU)
Feb 23 - Asteroid 4115 Peternorton Closest Approach To Earth (1.911 AU)
Feb 23 - Asteroid 7079 Baghdad Closest Approach To Earth (1.962 AU)
Feb 23 - 55th Anniversary (1961) Ras Tanura Meteorite Fall (Hit Loading Dock in Saudi Arabia)
Feb 23 - 75th Anniversary (1941), Discovery of Plutonium
Feb 23 - 80th Anniversary (1936), 1st US Rocket Airmail Launch (1936)
Feb 23-24 - SmallSat Symposium, Menlo Park, California
Feb 24 - Comet 113P/Spitaler At Opposition (2.028 AU)
Feb 24 - Comet 73P-AT/Schwassmann-Wachmann Closest Approach To Earth (2.182 AU)
Feb 24 - Asteroid 253 Mathilde Occults UCAC4-518-045085 (12.0 Magnitude Star)
Feb 24 - Aten Asteroid 326290 Akhenaten Closest Approach To Earth (0.225 AU)
Feb 24 - Asteroid 2575 Bulgaria Closest Approach To Earth (1.262 AU)
Feb 24 - Asteroid 2952 Lilliputia Closest Approach To Earth (1.451 AU)
Feb 24 - Asteroid 3066 McFadden Closest Approach To Earth (1.828 AU)
Feb 24 - 5th Anniversary (2011), STS-133 Launch (Space Shuttle Discovery, International Space Station)
Feb 24 - Pyotr Lebedev's 150th Birthday (1866)
Feb 25 - Comet 102P/Shoemaker At Opposition (4.129 AU)
Feb 25 - Comet P/2000 R2 (LINEAR) At Opposition (4.313 AU)
Feb 25 - Apollo Asteroid 2011 OJ45 Near-Earth Flyby (0.076 AU)
Feb 25 - Aten Asteroid 2012 BF86 Near-Earth Flyby (0.080 AU)
Feb 25 - Asteroid 7042 Carver Closest Approach To Earth (1.016 AU)
Feb 25 - Asteroid 10389 Robmanning Closest Approach To Earth (1.689 AU)
Feb 26 - Kanopus V N2/ Landmapper BC 1 & 2/SatByul Rokot KM Launch
Feb 26 - Comet P/2013 T2 (Schwartz) At Opposition (4.152 AU)
Feb 26 - Apollo Asteroid 2008 CE119 Near-Earth Flyby (0.071 AU)
Feb 26 - Asteroid 5382 McKay Closest Approach To Earth (1.416 AU)
Feb 26 - Asteroid 477 Italia Closest Approach To Earth (1.881 AU)
Feb 26 - Asteroid 3581 Alvarez Closest Approach To Earth (3.035 AU)
Feb 26 - Plutino 90482 Orcus At Opposition (47.116 AU)
Feb 26 - 50th Anniversary (1966), Apollo CSM-009 Saturn 1B Launch (Unmanned)
Feb 26 - 120th Anniversary (1896), Henri Becquerel's Radioactivity Discovery
Feb 26 - Francois Arago's 230th Birthday (1786)
Feb 26 - Niccolo Cabeo's 430th Birthday (1586)
Feb 27 - Comet C/2014 S2 (PANSTARRS) Closest Approach To Earth (1.829 AU)
Feb 27 - Comet C/2015 D3 (PANSTARRS) At Opposition (7.165 AU)
Feb 27 - Apollo Asteroid 2008 DL5 Near-Earth Flyby (0.046 AU)
Feb 27 - Apollo Asteroid 3838 Epona Closest Approach To Earth (0.656 AU)
Feb 27 - Asteroid 3992 Wagner Closest Approach To Earth (2.267 AU)
Feb 27 - 190th Anniversary (1826), Wilhelm von Biela Confirms Biela's Comet is a Periodic Comet
Feb 27 - 405th Anniversary (1611), 1st Observation of a Sunspot by Johannes Fabricius
Feb 28 - Comet 147P/Kushida-Muramatsu Perihelion (2.746 AU)
Feb 28 - Comet 305P/Skiff At Opposition (3.429 AU)
Feb 28 - Comet 222P/LINEAR At Opposition (3.604 AU)
Feb 28 - Comet C/2015 D3 (PANSTARRS) Closest Approach To Earth (7.164 AU)
Feb 28 - Asteroid 13070 Seanconnery Closest Approach To Earth (2.120 AU)
Feb 28 - 115th Anniversary (1901), Percy Molesworth's Discovery of the South Tropical Distrubance on Jupiter
Feb 28-Mar 01 - 2nd Conference on Astrophysics and Space Science (APSS 2016), Beijing, China
Feb 28-Mar 02 - Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop 2016, Chattanooga, Tennessee
FEBRUARY 29 - LEAP DAY!
Feb 29 - Comet 191P/McNaught At Opposition (3.286 AU)
Feb 29 - Asteroid 2001 Einstein Closest Approach To Earth (0.873 AU)
Feb 29 - Asteroid 12477 Haiku Closest Approach To Earth (1.307 AU)
Feb 29 - Asteroid 10867 Lima Closest Approach To Earth (1.636 AU)
Feb 29 - Asteroid 2309 Mr. Spock Closest Approach To Earth (2.010 AU)
Feb 29 - 50th Anniversary (1966), Original Gemini 9 Crew Killed in Plane Crash
Feb 29 - 60th Anniversary (1956), Centerville Meteorite Fall (Hit Shed in South Dakota)
Feb 29-Mar 03 - Ground System Architectures Workshop (GSAW), Los Angeles, California
Feb 29-Mar 03 - Conference: Community Astrophysics with WFIRST - Guest Observer and Archival Science, Pasadena, California
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Clear skies to all!
Dr. Clay
Arkansas Sky Observatory
 Observatory Hill Drive, Petit Jean Mt.
MPC/cbat Obs. H41 / Petit Jean Mountain
MPC/cbat Obs. H45 / Petit Jean Mountain South
MPC/cbat Obs. H43 / Conway
http://www.arksky.org/

Dr. Clay
drclay@tcworks.net
ASO Petit Jean Mountain /MPC H41
ASO Petit Jean Mountain South /MPC H45
ASO West Conway /MPC H43
.......serving astronomy since 1971
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