The planets Venus and Jupiter are making stunning music collectively within the night time sky this month. The pair are heading for an in depth conjunction on March 1, however their cosmic tango will make for pretty skywatching via the tip of February.
NASA’s February skywatching guide and video supply up suggestions for having fun with the assembly of the planets. NASA says to look west within the hour or so after sunset. It helps that they are the brightest planets within the sky, so finding them needs to be fairly straightforward. You possibly can at all times for an help if wanted.
Should you verify in on Venus and Jupiter every night time, you will see them scooching nearer collectively. They will even be posing with the crescent moon on Feb. 22, making for a scenic trio of celestial sights. In case the climate foils your viewing plans, the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy has you lined. VTP will livestream the moon, Venus and Jupiter as seen over the skyline of Rome beginning at 11 a.m. PT on Wednesday.
The planets are loads shiny for naked-eye viewing, however pull out binoculars when you have them useful. With the correct circumstances and regular fingers, you might be able to spot a few of Jupiter’s largest moons with binoculars.
Whereas Venus and Jupiter will get cozy for his or her shut conjunction on March 1, it is only a trick of the cosmos. The 2 planets are in actuality extraordinarily far aside and in no hazard of booping one another. As a bonus, you will not have to remain up late to benefit from the present every night time.