Orion’s Belt is one of the most familiar asterisms in the night sky, along with the Big Dipper and the Southern Cross. It is formed by three massive, bright stars located in our galaxy, in the direction of the constellation Orion, the Hunter: Alnilam, Alnitak and Mintaka. Two of the three stars are supergiants.
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 … [Read more…]
The highlights of the night sky in February, from the Hubble Site Channel: 7 PM – Jupiter rising in the southern sky 9 PM – Orion constellation dominating the winter southern sky in the evening; notable for the bright stars Betelgeuse and Rigel, the three bright stars that form Orion’s Belt – Alnilam, Alnitak and … [Read more…]