February Astronomy

February Astronomy

February 1, 2022| Categories: Planetarium News, 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, protecting the Seven Sisters to his right.  In the northeast, the Big Dipper begins to lift higher, hinting at changes coming as Spring approaches next month.  Jupiter fades into the twilight by mid-month, shifting all the planet action into the morning skies.  Saturn passes behind the Sun, and along with Mercury is lost in the Sun’s glare.  Venus and Mars spend this romantic month together in the early mornings, while inching just a little higher, visible just after 6 to start the month, and about 5:45 AM at month’s end.

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

Orion serves as a guide to the bright stars of winter, including the Dog Star, Sirius, to his lower left.



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