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Highlights of the February Sky

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Here are some of the planets, constellations and deep sky objects you can see in the night sky in February:

  • 8 PM southeastern sky – Jupiter rising after sunset
  • 11:30 PM eastern sky – Mars rising later in the evening, climbing higher throughout the night
  • 9 PM southern sky – Orion constellation prominent in the winter sky with the red supergiant Betelgeuse, the triple star Rigel with a blue supergiant as the primary component, Orion’s Belt, consisting of the bright stars Alnilam, Alnitak and Mintaka, and the famous Orion Nebula (Messier 42) with the Trapezium Cluster
  • 9 PM southern sky – Canis Major, the Great Dog, with Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, and the open cluster Messier 41 (M41)
  • 2:30 AM southeastern sky – Saturn rising after midnight and climbing higher
  • 6 AM southeastern sky – Venus above the horizon

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