Last Updated on February 2, 2022 by Solar System Ambassador Pam Roller

Solar System Ambassador Pam Roller

Here’s an update from our local Solar System Ambassador Pam Roller:

Jupiter makes its exit, Venus at peak brightness, and the star-forming cloud next door.

Jupiter is the lone naked-eye planet after sunset in February.

Venus forms a trio with Mars and the crescent Moon on Feb. 26.

February is a perfect time to enjoy one of the most popular and well-studied sights in the night sky: the Great Nebula in Orion. The Orion Nebula is an enormous cloud of gas and dust where thousands of stars are being born.

Included is a short video, phases of the moon, daily skywatching guide, skywatching resources, and the astronomy picture of the day.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Your Personal NASA Guide to the Night Sky

Preston Dyches, Christopher Harris, and Lisa Poje are the science communicators and space enthusiasts who produce this monthly video series for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Additional astronomy subject matter guidance is provided by Bill Dunford, Gary Spiers, and Lyle Tavernier.