See all highlights of the February 2017 night sky, including bright planets, stargazing events, Full Moon, conjunctions, meteor showers, solstices, equinoxes, and eclipses, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
February Night Sky Highlights
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac. (Note: Times listed below are ET.)
- On the 1st, at nightfall, Venus, Mars, and the crescent Moon stand in a straight line in Pisces.
- Venus retains its shadow-casting, magnitude –4.8 brilliance and 30 degree elevation throughout this month, with dimmer Mars staying to its upper left. The Moon returns to form a triangle with them on the 28th.
- Jupiter, now rising by 10:30 p.m., hovers above Virgo’s blue star, Spica; the Moon stands above the pair on the 14th and to their left the next night.
- In the predawn southeastern sky, the Moon sits above Saturn on the morning of the 20th and to its left on the 21st. By month’s end, the Ringed World rises almost 4 hours ahead of the Sun.
For a full year of Sky Watch—plus much more astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Sky Map February 2017
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