Jeff Benuzzi's Observing Recommendations

Jeff Benuzzi is an amateur astronomer and ham radio operator.
For many years, Jeff has participated in the public observing sessions
supported by the Chicago Astronomical Society, where he helps folks
locate and observe celestial objects.  He is a regular speaker at Astrofest.
Jeff publishes a monthly list of his favorite objects observable with
binoculars which is available at
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Upcoming Observing Highlights for February 2019 (from
1 Moon near Venus (morning sky). Mag. −4.3. Spectacular!
Venus (Wikipedia)
2 Moon near Saturn (28° from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Mag. 0.6.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
4 New Moon at 21:04 UT. Start of lunation 1189.
5 New Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 9h UT (distance 406,555 km; angular size 29.4').
10 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. 1.0.
Mars (Wikipedia)
12 First Quarter Moon at 22:26 UT.
13 Mars 1.0° NNW of Uranus 65° from Sun, evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. 1.0 and 5.8.
Mars (Wikipedia)
Uranus (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near the Pleiades (96° from Sun, evening sky) at 11h UT. The Hyades nearby.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
14 Moon near Aldeberan (evening sky) at 4h UT.
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
17 Moon near Pollux (evening sky) at 6h UT.
18 Venus 1.1° N of Saturn (43° from Sun, morning sky) at 13h UT. Mags. −4.1 and 0.6.
Venus (Wikipedia)
19 Moon at Perigee (closest to Earth) at 08:51 UT (356,761 km; angular size 33.5').
19 Moon near Regulus (midnight sky) at 15h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
19 Full Moon at 15:54 UT. Perigee 7 hours earlier
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
23 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 6h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
26 Last Quarter Moon at 11:28 UT.
26 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 17h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
27 Mercury at greatest elongation east (18° from Sun, evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. -0.3
Mercury (Wikipedia)
27 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 16h UT. Mag. -2.0
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
All times Universal Time(UT).   USA Central Standard Time = UT - 6 hours.

Clear skies till next month

Jeff's Binocular Picks
Click Here to see an Adobe Acrobat file of Jeff's monthly choices of best objects to observe with binoculars.