Those of you with a keen star gazing eye may have noticed that some of the winter constellations are starting to set earlier and move westwards, which can only mean one thing – spring is approaching!
Planets on view in February
By February many of the planets on view last month, Venus, Mars and Neptune will be lost in the suns glare this month. There is still plenty to see Planet-wise, with Jupiter in the skies until May it is still one of the brightest objects in the sky for the month of February and setting at 2:30am each morning.
Saturn will also still be visible, but only from Midnight onwards when it rises in the south east.
Best to look for Uranus at the beginning of February when it will be setting at around 9:45 as by the end of February will not be visible at all.
Mercury is the planet to watch out for in February as it puts on its best display of the year. From 10-21 February it will be visible in the very low west from around 6:30pm but as we get closer to the 21st its brightness will start to reduce.
Keep an eye out for….
We may not have a meteor shower this month but we do have a passing Asteroid. At around 7:26 on 15th February asteroid 2012DA14 will brush past the earth at a distance similar to some of our TV satellites. Measuring 45 meters across the asteroid should be visible with binoculars.
An added Extra:
On 11th February just after sunset there will be a narrow crescent moon – if you look just to the lower left you will spot mercury.
10 February – New moon
25h February – Full Moon.
We hope you have found this guide useful! If there is anything you would like us to add to the guide or to our star gazing coverage in general then please let us know!
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