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The February Night Sky – 2019

1 Feb 2019, 15:32 UTC
The February Night Sky – 2019
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Article written by: Ria Mee, Education Officer

Finally, we have left the January blues behind us, the month that never seems to end and it is now time for February fun! The chill in the air has well and truly settled in and it looks like it will be staying with us for a while yet. Let’s just hope there’s no snow, although beautiful it’s not very practical, we’re not very well equipped for dealing with the snow! However, there is a silver lining as the February night sky has some of the most well-known constellation visible in the February night sky.

At the beginning of this month there will be a New Moon, 4th February, so this is the perfect time to go stargazing as the Moon will be located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and not visible in the night sky. This means that the sky is much darker making it much easier to see fainter objects in the February night sky. This makes it the perfect time to go planet spotting. For those early risers both Venus and Jupiter are visible from a South Easterly direction around 5.15am. While Mars is ...

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