Here are the main astronomical phenomena of the sky in February 2020
The duet between Moon and Venus, Mercury which, at maximum east elongation, presents optimal visibility conditions. These and other wonders that heaven will offer us in February 2020. Let’s discover them together…
Planets and conjunctions
Mercury – This month opens with the maximum east elongation of the planet Mercury. On February 10, it will be possible to observe it for over an hour and thirty after sunset. For the first half of the month, the visibility conditions of the planet will be the best of the year. Mercury will be in this condition for a few days. In fact, it will return to the lower conjunction with the Sun on February 26th.
Venus – It has excellent visibility conditions, setting about 4 hours after the Sun in the second half of the month. It will be found from February 2 in the constellation Pisces. On February 27 the planet Venus, brighter than ever, will be in conjunction with the Moon, creating suggestive opportunities for photo shoots and observations.
Mars– The red planet will be found after February 12 in the constellation of Sagittarius. In addition, on February 18 it will be possible to admire the planet Mars in conjunction with the Moon in the Southeast just before dawn.
Jupiter – It will be possible to admire Jupiter in conjunction with the Moon on the 19th of the month, when in the early morning the Moon will be between Mars and the giant planet.
Saturn – The three planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn “chase” each other in the constellation of Sagittarius. It will be possible to observe them from 18 to 20 February, in the company of a thin crescent moon.
Uranus – We can find the planet in Aries. Though ith the aid of binoculars or telescopes it will be possible to observe it towards the South-West horizon.
Neptune – In the constellation of Aquarius, it will be in conjunction with the star Phi Aquarii passing north of the star. Here too it will be possible to admire the configuration with the aid of optical instruments.
The winter constellations dominate, among all Orion with its main stars Betelgeuse, Bellatrix, Rigel, recognizable in the sky thanks to its characteristic hourglass shape narrow in the center by the three stars of its belt.
South of Orion instead, we find the constellation of the Canis Minor with the brightest star of the night sky, Sirius.
Then we find, with its unmistakable shape, the Ursa Major, together with Cassiopeia, Perseus and Andromeda.
Do not miss therefore, armed with telescopes, some of the deep sky objects observable in this period, including the famous Orion Nebula, visible east of the constellation of the same name. Do not miss M31 as well, the Andromeda Galaxyand the Crib cluster, visible in the constellation of Cancer.