February is one of the best months for the constellation of Orion, which reaches its highest point above the southern horizon at about nine o’clock. Perfect for a nice easy stargazing evening!
What else is around in February?
7pm on February 1st, the Moon rises right next to Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation of Leo. Both will be visible above the local horizon at about half past six in the evening.
Don’t forget to look at Ian Morison’s Sky Notes on the Jodrell Bank website.
- Date: 6th – 20th February (click here for moon phase)
- Time: 7pm
- Place: Boundary Bank Lane car park
Update Tuesday 6th February:
Given the conditions underfoot and the very cold temperature heading our way, I don’t feel comfortable calling an Observing Evening tonight. Let’s wait for the next weather window after the weekend.
Tuesday now looks better than Wednesday, but -9°C. Let’s discuss at the EAS meeting. Wednesday 7th February looks very promising. Full darkness is at 7pm. Check back here regularly for further updates and I’ll announce on Monday too.