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BEST TIME IN FE­BRU­ARY: 28 Fe­bru­ary, 18:00 UT ALTITUDE: 22º LO­CA­TION: Pisces DI­REC­TION: West-south­west The ap­pear­ance of Venus is im­prov­ing with each pass­ing day. It’s now vis­i­ble af­ter sun­set low in the west-south­west. At around mag –4.0, it shines clearly even through bright twi­light. If you can get a view of it through a scope, Venus shows a large gib­bous phase, its il­lu­mi­na­tion fall­ing from 92% on the 1st to 86% on the 28th. The disc is quite small for Venus, grow­ing from 11 to 12 arc­sec­onds dur­ing the month. Be­tween the 19th and 23rd Venus and mag. +1.3 Mars have a close en­counter that is easy to spot (see page 51).

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