Look Up! Three Planets & Moon PLUS Mars-Moon Occultation! February 17-20

February 17-20 will have cool things to check out in the early morning skies, plus a rare event on the 18th! Early morning sky watchers will be treated to a dance between three planets and the Moon from February 17-20. Around 5:30 am local time, looking towards the southwest before sunset, you can see Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn forming a tight line, with the moon moving and appearing each morning next to a different planet on the 18th, 19th, and 20th. This is a good demonstration on how the Moon appears to move along the ecliptic, and how it often … Continue reading Look Up! Three Planets & Moon PLUS Mars-Moon Occultation! February 17-20

February 2020 Sky Report

February will continue the trend of the bright planets putting on a show in the morning. If you’re in California on February 18, you’ll definitely want to check out what happens that morning! First Quarter Moon: February 2 Full Moon (Snow Moon): February 9 Last Quarter Moon: February 15 New Moon: February 23 Featured Constellation Canis Major Latin for “Great Dog,” this constellation is easy to spot thanks to the brightest star in the night sky known as Sirius, which in turn is also nicknamed “the Dog Star.” This bright blue star is often mistaken for a planet, and it’s only bright by … Continue reading February 2020 Sky Report