The Night Sky: February 2021

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Here are some of the highlights of the February sky:

  • 9 pm, southwestern sky – Orion constellation with Orion’s Belt in the centre of the constellation’s hourglass pattern, the bright supergiants Betelgeuse and Rigel marking the Hunter’s shoulder and knee, and the Orion Nebula (M42), a bright, large star-forming region appearing as the central star of Orion’s Sword, which extends just south of the Belt
  • 9 pm, southern sky – Canis Major, representing the larger of Orion’s two dogs, with Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, found along the line extended from the stars of Orion’s Belt, and the magnitude 4.5 open cluster Messier 41, located about four degrees south of Sirius
  • 9 pm, southern sky – Canis Minor with the bright Procyon, the eighth brightest star in the sky, which forms a conspicious asterism known as the Winter Triangle with Betelgeuse and Sirius


February constellations

Winter constellations