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Find out what’s up in the night sky:
Upcoming astoronomical events, interesting observations, packed with everything a stargazer needs to know.

Observations are described for the NORTHERN hemisphere and can be made by naked eye, small binoculars or by small telescope.

February 2020

Phases of the Moon

First Quarter:February 02
Full Moon:February 09
Last Quarter:February 15
New Moon:February 23

Mercury - Greatest Eastern Elongation

In the first half of February, the planet Mercury is visible on the evening sky. Its visibility improves till February 10, when it is at greatest elongation, i.e., it has the greatest angular distance 18 degrees from the Sun. You can find it about one hour after sunset approximately 8-10 degrees over the western horizon. The best time interval is February 8-14. Try to find the planet using binoculars, because its brightness will be around 0 mag, which is too faint for the naked eye so close to the horizon.


The planet remains in the evening sky and sets down about 3 hours after Sun. Its brightness rises up to (-4.3) mag, which makes it far the brightest object in the south-western sky. You should have no problems to find it with naked eyes through the whole month.

Article by (C) G. Okša