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The Night Sky

Watch the waxing gibbous Moon pass Castor and Pollux, then Mars, then Regulus.

Saturday, February 20

The Pleiades sparkle above the Moon this evening. Off to their left is the Hyades cluster — much larger, looser, and dimmer, but highlighted by bright orange Aldebaran.

Sunday, February 21

First-quarter Moon (exact at 7:42 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).
Monday, February 22

A small telescope will always show Titan, Saturn's largest satellite. Tonight Titan is four ring-lengths to Saturn's east. A 6-inch telescope will begin to show the orange color of its smoggy atmosphere.
Tuesday, February 23

At this time of year, Orion stands at his highest in the south after dusk. His top-left star is bright, orange-red Betelgeuse. It forms the Winter Triangle (almost equilateral) with Procyon to its left and bright white Sirius below them both. Wednesday, February 24

Castor and Pollux are left of the Moon during the evening, as shown above.
Thursday, February 25

The bright, fiery "star" near the gibbous Moon tonight is Mars, as shown above. A telescope reveals that Mars too is becoming gibbous; it's now nearly a month past opposition.
Friday, February 26

The Moon, Mars, Pollux, and Castor form a long, ragged line this evening, as shown above.
Saturday, February 27

The "star" over the Moon this evening is Regulus, as seen above.

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