Find out what’s going on in the night sky. Tellus Astronomy Program Manager David Dundee discusses current and upcoming events in astronomy.
Mercury: Can be seen for the first few days in February in the west just after dark. Then it can be seen low in the east during the last half of February, just before sunrise.
Venus: Venus will shine brightly low in the eastern sky just before dawn.
Mars: Mars rises out of the east a few hours before midnight.
Jupiter: Jupiter is high in the south just after dark.
Saturn: Saturn rises out of the east just after midnight.
February Planets & the Moon
February 01 – The Moon and the planet Mercury will appear close together in the sky just after dark in the west.
February 10 – Look for the bright planet Jupiter to appear near the Moon tonight just after dark.
February 19– The planet Mars appears close to the Moon in tonight’s sky.
February 21– The planet Saturn will appear close to the Moon in the predawn sky.
February 26 – The Moon and the bright planet Venus will appear close together in the sky just before dawn low in the east.
February 27 – The Moon and the planet Mercury will appear close together in the sky just before sunrise in the east.
February Moon Phases
February 6: First Quarter Moon (rises around lunch time)
February 14: Full Moon (rises at sunset)
February 22: Last Quarter Moon (rises around midnight)