Encke's Comet in mid-February
Galaxy map shows
A comet in the February pre-dawn sky
NGC 6334 and NGC 6357
Moon, Venus, and Mars, evenings of January 30 and 31

StarDate Radio: February 19 — Moon and Saturn

An explorer that’s winding down its mission is scheduled to make a close pass by the rings of Saturn early...More »

StarDate Radio: February 18 — Kicked Out

The Orion Nebula stands halfway up the southern sky a couple of hours after sunset right now. To the eye...More »

Stargazing: February 18

The Orion Nebula stands halfway up the southern sky a couple of hours after sunset right now. To the eye...More »

StarDate Radio: February 17 — Hydrothermal Vents

In many ways, we know more about the surface of Mars than about the bottom of Earth’s oceans. Yet understanding...More »

Stargazing: February 17

Encke’s Comet appears in the evening sky, but you need visual aid to see it. It’s not far to the...More »

StarDate Radio: February 16 — Encke’s Comet

A faint but reliable comet is putting in an appearance in the evening sky right now, although you need binoculars...More »

Stargazing: February 16

Venus shines as the “evening star,” well up in the west as night falls. The planet is at its most...More »

StarDate Radio: February 15 — Centaurs

Centaurs are everywhere. Two constellations are named for these mythological creatures, which are half man and half horse: Centaurus, the...More »

Stargazing: February 15

The brilliant planet Jupiter and the star Spica stand above the Moon as they climb into good view in the...More »

StarDate Radio: February 14 — Moon, Jupiter, Spica

A deceptive arc of three bright celestial objects climbs into good view late this evening: the Moon, the planet Jupiter,...More »

Stargazing: February 14

Three bright celestial objects climb into good view late this evening: the Moon, the planet Jupiter, and the star Spica....More »

StarDate Radio: February 13 — Galaxies Galore

The constellation Vela sails quite low across the southern horizon around midnight — but only from about the southern half...More »

Stargazing: February 13

The constellation Vela sails quite low across the southern horizon around midnight, but only from about the southern half of...More »

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