Welcome to this month's Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac. We'll tell you the best times to view celestial highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets.
Sky Watch February 2015
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
Venus appears higher up each evening and stands next to Neptune on the 1st.
Jupiter has its opposition on the 6th; it is then at its closest, biggest, and brightest of the year and is out all night long.
Dazzling Venus hovers very close to faint orange Mars from the19th to the 22nd. On the 20th, the crescent Moon joins this conjunction—a don’t-miss event 18 degrees high in deepening dusk.
Binoculars will reveal green Uranus right next to the Moon on the 21st.
Meanwhile, in the predawn eastern sky, Saturn is now high enough for telescopic observation.
Sky Map February 2015
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