Orion commands the southern evening skies throughout February, accompanied by the brightest star in our night skies, Sirius, below and left of Orion, marking the nose of the Great Dog. High in the south, Taurus, the Bull charges at Orion, as the Big Dipper begins to lift higher into the northeast. The planets are mainly in the morning skies, with Jupiter rising after midnight, low in the south by dawn. Mars is to the left, gradually shifting from Jupiter toward Saturn, low in the southeast. Late in the month, Venus makes a teasing appearance, bright but low in the southwest.
Check Eye on the Night Sky for what’s happening today.
Our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium offers daily planetarium shows with additional options during February vacation.