What’s in the Sky in February

February

  • 4th Moon at Perigee 6.07 AEDT, 370119.3 km.
  • 10th The Large Magellanic Cloud  (LMC) reaches highest altitude about 9.30pm AEDT atmgnitude 0.28. The LMC is a spiral galaxy in Dorado at a distance of 160kly and a diameter of 29.7kly in diameter.  The Tarantula Nebula, NGC 2070 is located in this area and is magnitude 5. it is 1,833ly in diameter. The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) located nearby is a spiral Galxy in Tucana and 200kly in distance and 17.5kly in diameter. visual magnitude is 2.29. These two irregular dwarf are members of our local group and are orbiting the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • Kourtchin (Boorong) refer to the Magellanic Clouds as the male (LMC) and female (SMC), brolgas. Each cloud resembles the colour and pitted shell of the brolga egg. Brolgas breed from October to April , when the clouds are at their highest, extending into nearby stars the larger one is trumpeting and the smaller one displaying, but dancing as a pair towards each other.

 

 

  • 11th Saturn, Venus  and Jupiter just North of the Crescent Moon before Sunrise.
  • 18th Mercury has joined Saturn, Venus and Jupiter in a quadruple conjunction in the morningg sky.
  • 18th Luna Apogee, furthest distance from Earth for the month 21:22hr AEDT 404,467.4km.
  • 23rd Moon at it’s lowest altitude , just West of Pollux and Castor close to 22:00hrs AEDT.