February 6, 2018

February 6, 2018

February 6, 2018

February 6, 2018

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View the month calendar of February including week numbers.

5 123
February 2 Groundhog Day
February 12 Lincoln's Birthday
February 13 Mardi Gras Carnival (New Orleans)
February 14 Valentine's Day
February 19 Presidents Day and Washington's Birthday
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DateSunriseSunsetLength of day
February 1, 10h 8m
February 2, 10h 10m
February 3, 10h 12m
February 4, 10h 14m
February 5, 10h 16m
February 6, 10h 19m
February 7, 10h 21m
February 8, 10h 23m
February 9, 10h 25m
February 10, 10h 28m
February 11, 10h 31m
February 12, 10h 33m
February 13, 10h 35m
February 14, 10h 37m
February 15, 10h 41m
February 16, 10h 43m
February 17, 10h 45m
February 18, 10h 48m
February 19, 10h 50m
February 20, 10h 53m
February 21, 10h 56m
February 22, 10h 58m
February 23, 11h 1m
February 24, 11h 3m
February 25, 11h 6m
February 26, 11h 9m
February 27, 11h 11m
February 28, 11h 14m

The sunrise and sunset are calculated from New York. All the times in the February calendar may differ when you eg live east or west in the United States. To see the sunrise and sunset in your region select a city above this list.

See also the position of the moon, check the Moon calendar

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Источник: [vvjstudio.com]
, February 6, 2018

3 big stories you might have missed on Tuesday, Feb. 6,

Marijuana legalization faces hurdles in the Canadian Senate, SpaceX launches a new megarocket and Saudi Arabia donates $1 billion in aid to Yemen despite conducting airstrikes against the country.

1. Marijuana legalization speedbump

The federal government says it's on track to legalize recreational pot in July, but senators don't appear to be in any hurry to pass the legislation.

Conservative Senate Leader Larry Smith says his senators won’t obstruct Bill C, but will insist on rigorous and thorough examination of the legislation. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says the Senate would have to pass the bill by no later than the end of May to meet the July 1 deadline.

2. SpaceX launches car into space

SpaceX's new megarocket launched on its first test flight Tuesday from Florida's Kennedy Space Center as thousands jammed surrounding beaches.

The Falcon Heavy has three first-stage boosters, strapped together with 27 engines in all. The Cargo? In a bit of cross-marketing, Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla and SpaceX, put his own cherry-red Tesla Roadster on the Heavy's inaugural flight with a space-suited dummy at the wheel.

3. Saudi Arabia sends aid

Saudi Arabia says it has spent nearly a billion dollars in aid for Yemen and plans to spend another $ billion, but the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, has been a major cause of the country's humanitarian disaster, rights groups say. The kingdom's devastating air campaign repeatedly has struck markets, medical facilities and civilian targets -- drawing international criticism in the process.

Источник: [vvjstudio.com]
February 6, 2018

Sacred Space Astronomy

Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, and the bright stars Antares and Spica all adorn the southern predawn sky. The Moon will be joining the party for the next several days - appearing near Jupiter on the 7th, between Jupiter and Mars on the 8th, and close to Mars on the 9th.

Southern sky before dawn, Feb. 6, Credit: Stellarium / Bob Trembley.

This same region of the sky looks very different when viewed from the southern hemisphere; the image below is seen from the perspective of the Perth Observatory in Australia.

Eastern predawn sky from Perth Observatory, Australia - Feb. 6, Credit: Stellarium / Bob Trembley.

The Moon

The Moon put on a great show during the total lunar eclipse last week; Jason Major took this beautiful moonrise eclipse image:

Waning Crescent Moon on  Feb, Visualization by NASA/Ernie Wright

Waning Gibbous Moon on  Feb. 6, Visualization by NASA/Ernie Wright

The Moon is a waning gibbous and will be at third quarter on the 7th. The Moon rises around midnight, and sets around noon.

This weekend the Moon will be a waning crescent, rising a few hours before dawn, and setting in the afternoon.

The Sun

The Sun has a spot! A rather large and enthusiastic spot - which is a surprise since the sunspot cycle is heading towards solar minimum. The composite image below shows a close-up of sunspot AR with very active coronal loops.

The Sun Feb 6 - with a very active sunspot. Image courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams / edited by Bob Trembley.

vvjstudio.com says: "AR has a primary dark core larger than Earth with many smaller magnetic condensations trailing behind it, in all stretching more than 75, km across the sun's surface. Rare "solar minimum sunspots" are capable of intense explosions just like sunspots during more active phases of the solar cycle. At the moment AR is crackling with minor B- and C-class solar flares, notable only because of the sun's recent tomb-like silence."

There continues to be large coronal holes at both of the Sun's poles. The coronal activity of AR can be see on the left of the image below. vvjstudio.com says: "Solar wind spilling down from this northern coronal hole is brushing against Earth's magnetic field today." The solar wind speed is km/sec, with a density of protons/cm3.

The Sun in angstroms - Feb. 6, Image courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.

You can view the Sun in near real-time, in multiple frequencies here: SDO-The Sun Now.
You can create your own time-lapse movies of the Sun here: AIA/HMI Browse Data.
You can browse all the SDO images of the Sun from to the present here: Browse SDO archive.


There will be a partial eclipse of the Sun on February 15th, but you will have to be in Antarctica or South America to see it.

Partial Solar Eclipse Path. Image Credit: A.T. Sinclair - vvjstudio.com

The Solar System

Position of the planets in the solar system, Feb. 6, Mercury and Venus are behind the Sun from the perspective of the Earth. Credit: NASA Eyes on the Solar System / Bob Trembley.

Alternate view of the position of the planets in the solar system, Feb. 6, , showing Mars and Jupiter. Credit: NASA Eyes on the Solar System / Bob Trembley.

This is the position of the planets in the solar system simulated using NASA Eyes on the Solar System.

Apps used for this post:

Stellarium: a free open source planetarium app for PC/MAC/Linux. It's a great tool for planning observing sessions.
NASA Eyes on the Solar System: an immersive 3D solar system and space mission simulator - free for the PC /MAC. I maintain the unofficialNASA Eyes Facebook page.

About Bob Trembley

Bob is a lifelong amateur astronomer, and the outreach officer for the Warren Astronomical Society, and a volunteer NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. Bob does a lot of astronomy outreach - he lectures about astronomy and space science, and sets up his telescopes at schools, planetariums, conventions, and other venues. From , he was the editor of the Warren Astronomical Society's newsletter.

Bob is fantastically interested in asteroids and near-Earth objects (NEOs), and a HUGE fan of Kerbal Space Program; he is determined to improve the teaching of astronomy and Space History throughout Michigan, and the U.S. Follow Bob on Twitter, Facebook, The Web, and YouTube.

Источник: [vvjstudio.com]

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