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The Night Sky in February! 1 Feb 2023 What to look out for in the night sky from Eynsham.

The Night Sky in February!

This is not intended to be comprehensive - it is a quick guide to help you find a few things in the night sky without any equipment - just your eyes.

All of these are very bright and easy to find when walking around the village.

The planets - Mars, Jupiter and Venus can be seen this month. Jupiter and Mars are looking impressive in the sky - you will be able to see the moons of Jupiter with a pair of binoculars or a small telescope. Venus can be seen at sunset low in the west.

Look out for the Winter Triangle!

The full Moon is on the 5th - it is at its furthest distance away from us but you will not see much difference with your eyes.

There is early evening and very bright International Space Station pass on the 7th.

I have made the following charts to help you find: -

  • The phases of the Moon
  • The Winter Triangle with constellations
  • The International Space Station pass on the 7th
  • Orion and Taurus - and Mars's movement during February
  • Jupiter and Venus


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