In the Sky

Updated 2/5/2018

Planets: February 28 Venus will  intensely bright very low on the horizon after sunset and you might also see Mercury just a couple degrees to the lower right of Venus. On March 28 Venus will be 0.07 degrees north of Uranus in the evening.

Mars will be having some fun with Sagittarius. It will be directly between Lagoon and Trifid, March 19, sweep by M28 on March 28 and almost collide with M22 on the 31st and Saturn will be 1.7 degrees away as well!

Jupiter will rise close to midnight and will be best a couple hours before sunrise (high in the sky)

Meteors: Not much action until April’s Lyrids

Comets: It is a quiet time for comets in February and March with Panstarrs, C/2016 R2 being the most consistent performer. It travels within 5 degrees of the California Nebula, March 17-21. It is 10-11 in magnitude.

Moon Rise/Set Table for State College for 2018: Click Here

Sunrise/Sunset Times for State College for 2018: Click Here

Moon: February 8: the crescent moon will be midway between Mars and Jupiter in the morning sky.

NEW HORIZONS is sleeping. Follow the progress (ZZZZZZZ) at

JUNO is orbiting Jupiter! Follow the NASA link below for updates on the mission:

“My days I devote to reading and experiments in chemistry, and I spend many of the clear nights in the study of astronomy. There is, though I do not know how there is or why there is, a sense of infinite peace and protection in the glittering hosts of heaven.”  HG Wells (Island of Dr. Moreau

An interesting thought: Betelgeuse is very old for its type of star (red supergiant). It could go supernova at anytime and maybe it already has, but the light from Betelgeuse takes 640 years to get here!

Did you know that Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Moon?