February Astronomy

February Astronomy

February 1, 2021| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

Orion dominates our February evenings, striding mid-way up from the southern horizon by 8 o’clock, 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.  Mars remains the lone planet in view, high in the southwest in the evening, and setting toward midnight.  Mercury quickly falls into the Sun’s glare after it January display, joining Venus, while Jupiter and Saturn return to the morning twilight at the end of the month.

Learn more about our universe by checking out the Eye on the Night Sky.


The 1st Quarter Moon joins Mars in the constellation Taurus, along with the Seven Sisters.

 

Join us for a virtual watch party as the Mars Perseverance makes its descent to the surface of Mars! Educator Bobby Farlice-Rubio will be your guide, discussing the details of the mission and Mars exploration, and to answer your questions!

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