This Week In Astronomy

Great Binocular Cluster
Get out your 50mm or larger astronomy binoculars for great views of the Pleiades star cluster (M45), which will be high in the northwestern sky during February.

The Great Orion Nebula
Throughout February, the constellation Orion will be in a great viewing position for backyard stargazers. Look below the three recognizable stars of Orion’s belt for a great view of M42, the Orion Nebula.

Solar System Line-Up
It’s worth waking up about an hour before dawn on February 11th to see bright planets Saturn, Mars and Jupiter line up with the waning crescent Moon before sunrise. Look above the south/southeast horizon to see Saturn to the east of the Moon, and glimpse Mars and Jupiter to the west.