February 2016 – Where to look for the planets

A few pointers:

  • All planets visible to the unaided eye look like stars. Planets visible to the unaided eye include Mercury, Venus, Earth (look down!), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
  • In a telescope, Uranus and Neptune are visible as tiny discs. The dwarf planet Pluto looks like a star in even the largest amateur telescope.
  • Stars are shown to magnitude 5 on the charts unless otherwise noted. This is a compromise between what you would see from the light polluted skies of a city (where you will see significantly less stars) and dark country skies (where you will see significantly more stars).
  • Unless otherwise noted, the finder charts are prepared for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia.
  • Times are listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time and Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time when in force. As a guide, in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory in 2016, Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday 3 April and begins on Sunday 2 October 2016.

4 February 2016 – Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn finder chart – Early morning sky

Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn finder chart. Chart prepared for 3:45 am AEST / 4:45 am AEDT on Thursday 4 February 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn finder chart. Chart prepared for 3:45 am AEST / 4:45 am AEDT on Thursday 4 February 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

On Thursday 4 February 2016 in Canberra, civilian twilight begins at 4:56 am AEST / 5: 56 am AEDT. For Canberra, astronomical twilight begins much earlier at 3:48 am AEST / 4:48 am AEST.

6 February 2016 – Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn finder chart – Early morning sky

Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn finder chart. Chart prepared for 3:45 am AEST / 4:45 am AEDT on Saturday 6 February 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn finder chart. Chart prepared for 3:45 am AEST / 4:45 am AEDT on Saturday 6 February 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

On Saturday 6 February 2016 in Canberra, civilian twilight begins at 4:59 am AEST / 5: 59 am AEDT. Astronomical twilight begins much earlier at 3:51 am AEST / 4:51 am AEST.

8 February 2016 – Jupiter and Europa’s shadow on Jupiter’s disc – Late evening sky

Europa's shadow on Jupiter's disc. Chart prepared for 11 pm AEST / 12 pm AEDT on Monday 8 February 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Europa's shadow starts transiting across the disc of Jupiter at approximately 10:44 pm AEST / 11:44 pm AEDT and exits the disc of Jupiter at  1:32 am AEST / 2:32 am AEDT on 9 February 2016. High magnification and steady skies will be required to observe this event. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Europa’s shadow on Jupiter’s disc. Chart prepared for 11 pm AEST / 12 pm AEDT on Monday 8 February 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Europa’s shadow starts transiting across the disc of Jupiter at approximately 10:44 pm AEST / 11:44 pm AEDT and exits the disc of Jupiter at 1:32 am AEST / 2:32 am AEDT on 9 February 2016. High magnification and steady skies will be required to observe this event. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

24 February 2016 – Moon, Jupiter and Regulus finder chart – Evening sky

Moon, Venus, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius) finder chart. Chart prepared for 3:30 am AEST / 4:30 am AEDT on Thursday 7 January 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Astronomical twilight has already started. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Jupiter and Regulus (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Leo The Lion) finder chart. Chart prepared for 8:30 pm AEST / 9:30 pm AEDT on Wednesday 24 February 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Astronomical twilight has already started. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Note that Jupiter appears as a bright star to the unaided eye. Jupiter rises at 7:26 pm AEST / 8:26 pm AEDT as seen from Canberra on Wednesday 24 February 2016.

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