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Sky

Sky Chart for February 2017

From SEA and SKY  at http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-current.html

February 11Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra. During this type of eclipse the Moon will darken slightly but not completely. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of eastern South America, eastern Canada, the Atlantic Ocean, Europe, Africa, and western Asia. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

February 26New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 14:59 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.February 26Annular Solar Eclipse. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun. This results in a ring of light around the darkened Moon. The Sun’s corona is not visible during an annular eclipse. The path of the eclipse will begin off the coast of Chile and pass through southern Chile and southern Argentina, across the southern Atlantic Ocean, and into Angola and Congo in Africa. A partial eclipse will be visible throughout parts of southern South America and southwestern Africa

AUGO

http://augo.athabascau.ca/index.php

Athabasca is home to the Athabasca University Geophysical Observatory (AUGO), part of an international network studying the subauroral zone.

Aurora Watch

http://www.aurorawatch.ca/

Sign up to receive email alerts of possible or actual aurora displays.

Star Walk HD

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-walk-5-stars-astronomy/id295430577?mt=8

This is an astronomy app configured to your location.

Sky View

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skyview-free-explore-universe/id413936865?mt=8

Sky View is another astronomy app using your GPS enabled tablet or phone.

Dark Sky Meter

http://www.darkskymeter.com/

The Dark Sky Meter app allows you to use your smartphone to send data to aid creation of a world-wide map of light pollution.

Athabasca full moon chart:

http://www.almanac.com/moon/full/AB/Athabasca

Book

Gavin Pretor-Pinney, The Cloudspotter’s Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds (Penguin 2006)