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Night sky in February – northern hemisphere

 

Highlights: Jupiter bright all night.


Here is a view of the night sky this month as seen from mid-northern latitudes such as London (51° 30′) in mid February, 2015, at 10pm (22h UT).

The planets in February 2015


Mercury moves steadily out into the morning sky during the month, but will be hard to see low in the south-east.

Venus is becoming prominent in the evening sky, so look to the south-west after sunset, and appears close in the sky to the much fainter Mars.

Mars is still hanging on in there after sunset, at magnitude 1. Bright Venus can help find it. Find out more about Mars here including new maps to show its position in the sky.

Jupiter is very bright all night in the constellation of Leo, shining at magnitude -2, and rising before midnight. A small telescope will be enough to reveal its four brightest satellites, the Galilean Moons.

Saturn is visible in the morning sky, rising about three hours after midnight at the start of the month, and earlier at the end.



Note: The sky will appear much the same from other cities at similar latitudes, such as New York, Paris and Berlin, at around 10pm local time. The sky appears the same at the start of the month an hour later and at the end of the month an hour earlier. We use Virtual Sky, a new, customizable, browser-based planetarium, courtesy of Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. Click on the date or location to the top left of the chart to view the sky at a different time or from another longitude and latitude. If you want to check out the sky as seen from the southern hemisphere, click here.