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Upcoming Observing Highlights for February 2015   (from skymaps.com)
 
3 Moon near Beehive Cluster (midnight sky) at 9h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
3 Full Moon at 23:09 UT.
4 Moon near Jupiter (midnight sky) at 6h UT. Mag. -2.6.
5 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 6h UT.
6 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 6h UT (distance 406,150 km; angular size 29.4').
6 Jupiter at opposition at 18h UT. Best time to observe the largest planet in the solar system. Mag. -2.6.
Opposition (Wikipedia)
9 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 19h UT.
12 Last Quarter Moon at 3:50 UT.
13 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 0h UT. Mag. +0.5.
17 Moon near Mercury (26 from Sun, morning sky) at 4h UT. Mag. +0.3.
18 New Moon at 23:47 UT. Start of lunation 1140.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
19 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 7h UT (356,995 km; angular size 33.5').
21 Moon, Venus and Mars within circle diameter 2.0 (28 from Sun, evening sky) at 0h UT. Mags. -4.0 and +1.3.
21 Moon very near Uranus (41 from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. +5.9. Occultation visible from southeast Canada and northeast USA.
Occultation of Uranus (IOTA)
22 Venus 0.4 SSE of Mars (28 from Sun, evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. -4.0 and +1.3.
24 Mercury at greatest elongation, 27 west of Sun (morning sky) at 16h UT. Mag +0.1.
25 First Quarter Moon at 17:14 UT.
25 Moon very near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 23h UT. Occultation visible from Scandinavia.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
>>> All times Universal Time (UT).    USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours.  (DST = UT-5 hrs,)

 

Zodiacal Light is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2 hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern hemisphere.
Zodiacal Light (Wikipedia)
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
Photographing the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)