Jupiter up all night, Mercury reemerges in the morning sky, the moon passes by Mars and Venus, Saturn escapes the scorpion's claws, and more. Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending February 7, 2015
The first night of February is a good one to try to see Neptune again. The eighth planet won’t be as close to Venus as it was to Mercury in January. But if you look at Venus in a telescope, you may spot the distant blue gas ball as close as 0.8° to the north. On the other side of the sky, however, the nearly full moon is rising. Enough of its life might pass Neptune appears to be moving toward the sun and will be in conjunction on the 26th.
The moon will be full on the 3rd. It passes Jupiter on the 4th as the big planet crosses the boundary from Leo to Cancer. Then on the 6th, Jupiter is up all night at opposition. Jupiter will continue moving toward Cancer all month.
While Venus settles into its reign in the evening sky, Mercury is reemerging in the morning. It won’t be close to any bright stars or planets to ...