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February 2023 evening sky: Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) and Snow Moon

From a once-in-a-lifetime comet to one of many full moons of the yr — listed below are some issues to search for within the skies this month.


The phases for the month of February are as follows:

  • Snow Moon – February fifth
  • This moon will get its identify from the standard snowfall in North America at the moment of yr. Different widespread names are Storm Moon and the Starvation Moon.
  • Final quarter – February thirteenth
  • New Moon – February twentieth
  • First quarter – February twenty seventh

Eastern Daily Press: Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) had an orbit of 50,000 yearsComet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) has an orbit of fifty,000 years (Picture: NASA)

Planets and stars

The moon’s smallest crater, Mare Oriantale, might be seen between February 13 and 17. Craters are attributable to the collision of a smaller celestial physique.

The 2 star clusters could be noticed within the constellation Taurus. The Pleaides and Hyades vary is finest seen by binoculars

There can even be many conjunctions, the place the planets have shut encounters. First between Venus and Neptune on February 15, Venus, Jupiter and the Moon on February 22, Mars and the Moon on February 27 and Jupiter and Venus on February 28.


C/2022 E3 (ZTF) has moved into the interior photo voltaic system and might be closest to Earth on Wednesday, February 1, lowering visibility throughout the month.

Its orbit is 50,000 years outdated, which suggests it was final seen by Neanderthals within the Stone Age.

Observers are suggested to exit after midnight and use binoculars or a small telescope.



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