Astronomical Jeddah: Observing the sky at the end of February 2021


The head of the Astronomical Society in Jeddah, Eng. Majed Abu Zahra, said that observers of the sky in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world will be on a date to observe celestial bodies during the period from 23 to 28 February 2021.

He added that for the second consecutive week the moon will shine in the evening sky, so on Tuesday evening, the moon will pass near the medium-bright star known as Kappa Geminorum, which represents the eastern hand of the star, the backward twin head, and it is preferable to watch through binoculars and telescopes where the view will be in Very beauty.

On the evening of the following day, Wednesday, February 24, the moon will pass to the upper left of the philtrum, the largest open constellation in Cancer. The cluster is located close to the zodiacal circle – so the Moon and the planets often pass near it.

From Thursday February 25 to Saturday February 27, the bright moon will cross the constellation Leo and its bright star in the heart of the Lion, and the full moon will reach full moon at 11:17 a.m. KST (8:17 GMT) on Saturday morning.

As for the planets, Mars and Uranus are the only planets that can be seen during the evening at present, faint Neptune is an integral part of the western twilight after sunset – Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are all combined in the pre-dawn sky in the southeastern horizon.

Mars recently witnessed a successful landing of the rover Perseverance, and the reddish planet can be searched between dusk and around midnight every night, but the apparent size of the Martian disk diminishes and becomes smaller in telescopes with each passing week.

During this time Uranus will be the faint and distant one located at the bottom of Mars, the two brightest stars of Aries, the star of Aries which has a luminosity of (2.0), and the neighboring star the two lightest conditions (2.6), located to the right of Uranus, this planet is observed early in the evening as well. When it is higher in the sky.

Saturn and Mercury will shine together first – around 5:30 a.m. your local time zone. Saturn will be less than palm-wide to the right of Mercury, and the fast planet will move slightly farther from Saturn this week.

Mercury will light twice as bright as Saturn, and Jupiter will shine brighter after 20 minutes – but the sky will be lit brighter during that time.


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