February 2022 is more quiet than other months, but there are a handful of very valuable astrophotography opportunities this month! The last week of February, as the moon wanes and gets closer to its new phase, four planets will be in conjunction, two on the 27th and two on the 28th.
The only meteor shower this month unfortunately is not visible to us in the USA. The alpha Centaurids will stay below the horizon all night on February 8th.
Uranus will be occulted by the Moon, or completely hidden, on February 7th. Saturn will be occulted by the Sun on February 4th, as it is in Solar Conjunction with the Earth and Sun.
Click here to go to the glossary and learn more about Solar Conjunctions!
Table of Contents
Check out the Glossary of Astronomical Events if you need any explanations!
|First Quarter Moon|
|Third Quarter Moon|
All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST) or Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT).
|Moon Name:||Snow Moon|
α-Centaurid Meteor Shower
|Radiant Point Constellation:||Centaurus|
|Peak Date:||February 8th|
|Best Time, EST:||n/a|
|Direction to Look:||Not visible in the US|
at Solar Conjunction
Saturn disappears behind the Sun.
|Mercury and Pluto|
|Venus and Mars|
at Greatest Western Elongation
A great time to view the planet
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