A Good Luck Day

   Friday February 13th, is for some folks a day of bad luck. For me the ‘bad luck’ has more to do with my history of having a cloudy night after suggesting an observation to my students. And considering the celestial events on Friday we will see what happens.

   Before sunrise this week look west for the Moon in its waning phases. The waning crescent Moon passes by Saturn and the reddish star Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion on Thursday and Friday February 12th and 13th as this animated graphic is showing.
   While Saturn and the Moon are in the pre-dawn early morning skies in the east, over the opposite horizon and in the evening skies at sunset are the planets Mars and Venus.

   Mars, on the 13th is at a position along its orbit known as heliocentric conjunction with the more outer planet Uranus. At this orbital position Mars is between the Sun and Uranus.

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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