What to look out, and up, for in February.
Our highlights of this month’s skies with the planets on offer to observers and imagers:
- A last chance look at Mercury in the morning sky
- Mars a few degrees from Venus
- Jupiter in Virgo
- Saturn in the early morning sky
Next up is the return of a couple of comets to our observing tick list:
- Comet 45P at its best on the 11th February in Hercules
- Comet 2P Encke returns to our skies in the constellation Pisces
Then we each take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year:
- Ralph – the Rosette Nebula and open cluster NGC2244 in the constellation Monoceros
- Paul – open cluster M93 in Pupis
- Jeni – supernova remnant, Messier 1 – the Crab Nebula – in Taurus
And we finish this sky guide with February’s moon phases, a conjunction with the Hyades Cluster on the 5th and a penumbral eclipse on 10th/11th February.