February Night Sky

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Here are some of the things to see this month:

  • 7 PM, western sky – Mars and Venus next to each other in the western sky after sunset
  • 1 AM, southeastern sky – Jupiter climbing in the sky from midnight to the morning hours
  • 5:30 AM, southeastern sky – Saturn rising a few hours after Jupiter
  • 9 PM, southern sky – Orion prominent in the sky, with the bright supergiant Betelgeuse marking one of the Hunter’s shoulders and Rigel marking one of his knees, the famous Orion’s Belt and the bright Orion Nebula (Messier 42), containing the Trapezium Cluster, just below it
  • 9 PM, southern sky – Canis Major with Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, only 8.6 light years away, and the bright open cluster Messier 41, located only 4 degrees south of the star
  • a penumbral lunar eclipse visible from most locations around the world on the night of February 10 to 11
  • February 26 – either a partial or annular solar eclipse visible from Africa, Antarctica and parts of South America

Related: February constellations