Local Sky Events
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- Venus is brilliant in the southwest after sunset at magnitude -4.8. Good binoculars will show the lit crescent phase decreasing, but increasing in angular size.
- First magnitude ruddy Mars is upper left of Venus, but will increase its distance from Venus to 12 degrees by the end of February.
- Jupiter will rise in the evening sky by 9pm by the end of the month and will brighten to magnitude -2.3. Binoculars should show a few of its 4 Galilean moons.
- Saturn will follow about 6 hours behind Jupiter and will rise with Scorpius. It will proudly display its glorious rings at full tilt.
- MOON: first-quarter on Feb 4; full on Feb 11; last quarter on Feb 18; and new on Feb Feb 26.
- See our Links page - Sky Watching - for other events.
- See Sky and Telescope Magazine (This Week's Sky at a Glance) from our Links page for more events.