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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

February 21, 2020

Nightly Events

  • February 21:

    The dark skies near the New Moon reveal the splendors of the Milky Way arched over the top of the sky. Early this evening, in the midst of the Milky Way and directly overhead near 7 o'clock, the star Capella sparkles as the 4th brightest star we can see.

  • February 22:

    Orion is an easy target, even on a moonlit night. Tonight, the lack of moonlight might give you an opportunity to see a fainter feature of our winter Giant. Look below his three belt stars, where a fainter line marks his sword. The very end of the sword is a little fuzzy, because it is not a star but a vast region of glowing gas and dust, called a nebula.

  • February 23:

    The most distant object human eyes can see, the Andromeda galaxy, appears as a faint smudge of light, one third of the way above the west-northwest horizon, 6:30 this evening. It appears between the stars of Andromeda, and her mother, Cassiopeia. A pair of binoculars will help.

Star Charts

  • January 31, 2020 - February 22, 2020:

    A trio of planets is joined by the waning Crescent Moon, early in the mornings, from February 18th to the 20th.

    A trio of planets is joined by the waning Crescent Moon, early in the mornings, from February 18th to the 20th.

  • February 17, 2020 - March 10, 2020:

    Moon phases through mid March

    Moon phases through mid March