February 1 – New Moon
The Moon will be on the same side as the Sun as seen from Earth and will not be present in the night sky. This phase occurs at 12:48 p.m. (Vietnam time). This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies or star clusters as they will not be affected by moonlight.
February 16 – Full Moon
The Moon will be present opposite the Earth in relation to the Sun and its surface will be entirely illuminated. This phase takes place at 23:59 (Vietnam time). Native American tribes call this full moon the Full Snow Moon because it snows the most at this time of year. The February Full Moon is also known as the Hunger Moon because it is when bad weather makes hunting more difficult.
The full moon rises over the spaceships. Author: John Kraus
February 16 – Mercury reaches its western maximum ecliptic
Mercury reaches a western equinox, up to 26.3 degrees from the Sun. The best time to observe Mercury is when it is highest on the horizon in the morning. Observe this planet in the eastern sky before dawn.
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