Stargazing for February 2020

Full Moon and Planets

January 31, 2020
Moon and Girl

Are you a stargazer? Here are a couple fun sights and facts about February astronomy.

Halfway to the March Equinox!

In the early days of February, we will reach the halfway point between the December solstice (December 21, 2019) and the March equinox (March 19, 2020). On the March equinox, which marks the start of spring in the northern hemisphere of the planet, the Sun stands directly over Earth’s equator.

Watch for the Full Snow Moon

In February 2020, the full Moon arrives in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 9. For the best view of this full Moon, which is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon, look for it on the night of Saturday, February 8. Read more about the Full Wolf Moon!

Two Planets Shine

During the first 12 days of February, look toward the western sky in the evening to catch a glimpse of Mercury, which will be shining its brightest of the year. Venus will put on a nightly show, too, about 40 minutes after sunset.