BBC Sky at Night

FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS

1 Monday

A telescopic view of Mars as the sky is darkening at 18:30 UT will show Mare Sirenum locaated slightly south of centre. The giant Olympus Mons volcano sits to the north of this dark mare.

2 Tuesday

This morning’s 77%-lit waning gibbous Moon passes just 1.2˚ from the binary

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