The nights ahead will be moonless for most of the coming week.
On Monday morning well before sunrise, the gibbous moon appears near the bright red planet Mars.
The full moon, the Snow Moon, rises in the east right after sunset on Monday.
The first quarter moon appears on Sunday night, the night of Valentine’s Day, in the zodiacal constellation Taurus.
You have a wonderful opportunity to spot Mercury low in the southeastern sky Saturday morning.
Groundhog Day and along with it the start of February has significance for anyone who enjoys milder starry nights.
Saturday’s Ice Moon, a full moon, appears between the zodiacal constellations Gemini and Cancer.
On Tuesday night, the gibbous moon occults Aldebaran, one of the brightest stars in the night sky.
Two bright planets, Venus and Saturn, appear as a close pair Saturday morning, an hour before sunrise.