Fri., Feb. 18 6:33 5:18
Sat., Feb. 19 6:32 5:19
Sun., Feb. 20 6:30 5:20
Mon., Feb. 21 6:29 5:22
Tues., Feb. 22 6:27 5:23
Wed., Feb. 23 6:26 5:24
Thurs., Feb. 24 6:24 5:25
Fri., Feb. 25 6:23 5:26
Tonight’s full moon dominates the sky with its brilliance. Called the snow moon this month, it rises in the east as the sun sets in the west. Tonight’s moon is in the zodiacal constellation Leo right next to the bright star Regulus.
On Monday night, the gibbous moon appears alongside the planet Saturn in Virgo. Saturn and the moon rise in the east well before midnight and appear for the rest of the night. Spica, one of the brightest stars in our night sky, appears near the two.
Spica is 232 light years away; Saturn is 846 million miles away and the moon is barely a quarter million miles away. Seen through a telescope, Spica looks like a bright pinpoint of light in the night sky, and the moon has craters. Saturn’s rings can also be seen through a telescope with as little as 60 power.
The largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, hangs low in the western sky after sunset. The planet is only visible for a few hours before it drops below the horizon. The planet is in the zodiacal constellation Pisces.