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What to see in February Night Sky (2022)

Published February 1, 2022 by Tim Trott in News

What to see in February Night Sky including Moon phases, planets, conjunctions and spring time Deep Space Objects The Beehive Cluster and Leo Triplet.

February Moon Phases

February's Full Moon is named for the snowy weather in the Northern hemisphere and the full moon is called the Snow Moon. Storm moon and hunger moon are other common names.

Full Moon and New Moon for February 2022

New Moon
New Moon
Tue 1st Feb
First Quarter
First Quarter
Wed 9th Feb
Full Moon
Full Moon
Thu 17th Feb
Last Quarter
Last Quarter
Thu 24th Feb

February Planets

Mercury will be visible in the evening sky from mid-February to early March, and dim in the morning from late March to early May. Best seen just before mid-month.

Venus is always brilliant, shining with a steady, silvery light. Mornings in the eastern sky at dawn from early January through to mid-June.

Mars is visible in the night sky from January to mid-July, then shifts to the morning sky from mid Oct to the end of December.

Get up early on the mornings between the 27th and 1st April to see Venus, Mars and Saturn together in the same binocular field of view, with the crescent moon blow them..

Jupiter is will be visible in the mornings from January to May, evenings from May to November, and mornings again from mid-December to the end of December.

Saturn is visible in the mornings from late January to early July, then in the evenings from July to December.

February Meteor Showers

There are no notable meteor showers in February.

February Deep Space Objects

Winter constellations start to set and make way for the spring constellations. Cancer and Leo are rising in the east and make good spring targets for DSO hunters.

February and March are good times to observe the Beehive cluster (M44) in Cancer as it will be high in the sky. It is visible with the naked eye from a dark site, and a superb star cluster to observe in a small telescope.

Leo Triplet and M45 Beehive Cluster in CancerLeo Triplet and M45 Beehive Cluster in Cancer

February and March is also prime time for the Leo triplet of galaxies. Sitting about halfway between the stars Chertan and Iota Leonis, the three galaxies are a sight to behold as they all fit within the field of view of a small telescope.

If you're just beginning to observe galaxies then Messier M81 - Bode's Galaxy, and Messier M82 - Cigar Galaxy - in the constellation of Ursa Major are a nice bright pair to track down. They are located very close to one another, about 2° east of the star 24 Ursae Majoris.

M81 and M82 LocationM81 and M82 Location

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