News ID: 237989
Published: 1138 GMT January 27, 2019

Astronomical events in February

Astronomical events in February
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Earlier this month, sky-gazers around the world were treated to a stunning astronomical display in the form of a super blood wolf moon.

If you missed the event, the good news is that there are several others happening in February, according to mirror.co.uk.

Most notably, the biggest supermoon of the year will appear, during which the moon will look larger and brighter than usual.

Here’s everything you need to know about the astronomical events in February, including how and when to see them.

 

February 4 - New Moon

A new moon will take place on February 4.

That evening, the moon will be located on the same side of Earth as the sun, making it invisible in the night sky.

For your best chance of catching the event, look to the skies at around 21:00 GMT.

 

February 19 - Supermoon

If there’s one event you need to catch in February, it’s the supermoon on February 19.

On this day, the moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun, and its face will be fully illuminated.

During a supermoon, the moon appears slightly bigger than usual because it’s at its closest approach with our planet.

This supermoon is the second of three in 2019, and is often referred to as the Full Snow Moon.

Look to the skies from 15:53 GMT for your best chance of seeing it!

 

February 27 - Mercury visible in the night sky

 

The last astronomical event in February will be on February 27, at which point Mercury reaches its greatest eastern elongation.

This will be the best opportunity to see Mercury in the night sky, since it will be at its highest point above the horizon.

Look for the planet in the western sky shortly after sunset.

 

   
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