BOTSWANA SKY CALENDAR

 NIGHT SKIES – February 2023

Introduction to Night Skies – Harold Hester – FEBRUARY  2023

Intro Feb 23

January 2023

Moon

DateTimePhase
07/0101h07Full Moon
15/0104h10Last Quarter
21/0122h53New Moon
28/0117h18First Quarter

Moon – Earth Relations

Perigee: 356 569 km on 21/01 at 22h56
Apogee: 406 458 km on 08/01 at 11h19

Planet Visibility

Mercury is visible for part of the month near the stars of the constellation Sagittarius
Venus
  is visible near the stars of the constellation Capricornus
Mars 
is visible near the stars of the constellation Taurus
Jupiter is visible near the stars of the constellation Pisces
Saturn is visible near the stars of the constellation Capricornus

Some easy to identify bright stars

Rigel: blue supergiant in Orion
Betelgeuse: red supergiant in Orion
Procyon: yellowish white star in Canis Minor
Sirius: brightest star in the night sky, located in Canis Major
Antares: red supergiant in Scorpius
Arcturus: red giant in Boötes
Spica: brightest bluish-white star in Virgo
Canopus: yellowish-white star in Carina
Altair: a white star, brightest in Aquila
Regulus: blue–white star and the brightest star in Leo
The Pointers: Alpha and Beta Centauri

Credits – Sivuyile Manxoyi, SAAO