Sky watchers have a lot to look forward to in February, including two evening “stars,” two morning “stars” and a lunar eclipse.
High in the western sky, until about 9 p.m., is the brilliant Venus. Mars, much dimmer, hovers nearby.
The morning sky is great, too! Jupiter (in Virgo), near the star Spica, as well as Saturn (in Ophiuchus) can be seen for over four hours before sunrise.
Evening constellations include Aries (the ram), Taurus (the bull), Gemini (the twins) and Cancer (the crab). Additionally, there is the brilliant Orion (the mighty hunter), Canis Major (the big dog), Sirius (the dog star) and Canis Minor (the little dog), and bright Procyon.
High in north is Ursa Major (the big bear) with the Big Dipper turned upside down. And you probably wondered where all the rainwater was coming from!
During the afternoon and evening of Feb. 10, we have a “penumbral” lunar eclipse, meaning it’s only partial but it should be exciting nonetheless.
See you again in March!