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Night sky highlights for February 2024

Check out the night sky this month, February 2024. Here are videos and articles highlighting the top sights to observe.

** What’s Up: February 2024 Skywatching Tips from NASA – NASA JPL

What are some skywatching highlights in February 2024?
Venus begins its exit from the morning sky, as Mars makes its comeback. Plus, now through May is a good time to observe spiral galaxy M81.

0:00 Intro
0:13 Moon & planet highlights
1:45 Observing spiral galaxy M81
4:01 February Moon phases

Additional information about topics covered in this episode of What’s Up, along with still images from the video, and the video transcript, are available at https://science.nasa.gov/skywatch….

** Tonight’s Sky: February 2024 – Space Telescope Science InstituteTonight’s Sky

In February, the Winter Triangle is your guide to the night sky: The northern hemisphere is treated to views of the stars Procyon, Sirius, and Betelgeuse. Keep watching for the awe-inspiring space-based views of the Orion Nebula, which is sculpted by the stellar winds of central bright stars.

“Tonight’s Sky” is a monthly video of constellations you can observe in the night sky. The series is produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of science operations for the Hubble Space Telescope, in partnership with NASA’s Universe of Learning. This is a recurring show, and you can find more episodes—and other astronomy videos—at https://hubblesite.org/resource-galle….

** What to see in the night sky: February 2024BBC Sky at Night Magazine

Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel reveal what to see in the night sky tonight and throughout February, including the best comets, clair-obscure effects on the Moon, Orion, Gemini and star clusters.

00:00 Intro
00:13 Mercury, Venus and Mars
02:23 Jupiter and Saturn
03:41 Uranus and Neptune
06:22 Comets
11:25 Einstein Crater
13:34 Lunar X and V, Jewelled Handle
15:31 Orion
16:30 Castor and Pollux
17:50 M35
19:05 Ursa Major
20:15 Leo and the Sickle
22:00 Beehive Cluster
23:06 M67
25:08 Hydra

** Sky & Telescope’s Sky Tour Podcast – February | The Winter Hexagon and Constellations Near Orion – Sky & Telescope Youtube

Our monthly Sky Tour #astronomy #podcast provides an informative and entertaining 10-minute guided tour of the nighttime sky. Listen to the February episode and keep tabs on the Moon, say goodbye to a couple of planets, trace out the Winter Hexagon; and explore some lesser-known constellations near Orion. So bundle up, grab your curiosity, and come along on this month’s Sky Tour.

See also

** What’s in the Night Sky February 2024 Venus Mars Conjunction | SpaceX StarlinkAlyn Wallace

** Night Sky Notebook February 2024Peter Detterline

What’s happening in the sky in February 2024 when you look up!

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Night sky highlights for January 2024

Check out the night sky this month, January 2024. Here are videos highlighting the top sights to observe.

** What’s Up: January 2024 Skywatching Tips from NASA – NASA JPL

What are some skywatching highlights in January 2024?
The year kicks off with the Quadrantid meteors, and some great Moon-planet pairings. Plus, did you know the stars shift in the sky by four minutes each day?

0:00 Intro
0:15 Quadrantid meteor shower
0:54 Moon & planet highlights
2:12 4-minute-per-day rule
3:46 January Moon phases

Additional information about topics covered in this episode of What’s Up, along with still images from the video, and the video transcript, are available at https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/skywatch….

** Tonight’s Sky: January 2024 – Space Telescope Science InstituteTonight’s Sky

In January, the northern hemisphere features beautiful views of Capella, a pair of giant yellow stars; Aldebaran, a red giant star; and two star clusters—the Hyades and the Pleiades. Keep watching for the awe-inspiring space-based views of the Crab Nebula, the remains of a star that exploded as a supernova.

** What to see in the night sky: January 2024BBC Sky at Night Magazine

Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel reveal the top things to see in the night sky this month, including the planets of the Solar System, clair obscur effects on the Moon, Comet 144P/Kushia and Orion.

00:00 Intro
00:16 – Mercury
01:17 – Venus
02:57 – Jupiter
06:23 – Saturn
07:02 – Uranus and Neptune
09:16 – Comet 144P/Kushida
10:42 – Quadrantid meteor shower
11:09 – Clair obscur effects
11:49 – Galilean moons
12:14 – Mare Orientale
14:20 – Dione transits Saturn
17:37 – Sirius
20:40 – Orion
24:35 – Monoceros
25:54 – Rosette Nebula

** Sky & Telescope’s Sky Tour Podcast – January | The Quadrantid Meteor Shower and Spotting Planets – Sky & Telescope Youtube

Our monthly Sky Tour #astronomy #podcast provides an informative and entertaining 10-minute guided tour of the nighttime sky. Listen to the January episode and watch one of the year’s better #meteor showers, then take up the challenge of spotting five #planets; size up a celestial queen with an ego problem; and learn about a celestial hunter who, uh, also has an ego problem. So bundle up, grab your curiosity, and come along on this month’s Sky Tour.

See also

** What’s in the Night Sky January 2024 – Quadrantid Meteor Shower | Mercury-Mars ConjunctionAlyn Wallace

00:00 Intro
00:36 Quadrantids
01:35 Northern Hemisphere Sky
02:31 Southern Hemisphere Sky
03:20 Planets and Moon
04:34 #WITNS Winners

*** 2024 Unmissable Night Sky Events!Alyn Wallace

00:00 2023
00:34 Aurora Boost
01:30 January
02:40 February
02:53 March
03:40 April
06:01 May
06:35 June
07:12 July
07:25 August
07:57 September
08:25 October
10:22 December

** Night Sky Notebook January 2024Peter Detterline

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Night sky highlights for December 2023

Check out the night sky this month, December 2023. Here are videos highlighting the top sights to observe.

** What’s Up: December 2023 Skywatching Tips from NASA – NASA JPL

What are some skywatching highlights in December 2023?
Clear skies will make for ideal viewing of the Geminid meteor shower, and grab your binoculars to search for asteroid Vesta.

0:00 Intro
0:14 Moon & planet highlights
0:59 Geminid meteors peak
2:05 Observing asteroid Vesta
4:08 December Moon phases

Additional information about topics covered in this episode of What’s Up, along with still images from the video, and the video transcript, are available at https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/skywatch….

** Tonight’s Sky: December 2023 – Space Telescope Science InstituteTonight’s Sky

Step outside on a cold December night when the stars shine bright to find the Big Dipper, Cassiopeia, and Cepheus. They will help you locate a binary star system, a fan-shaped open star cluster, and a variable star. Stay tuned for space-based views of a ragged spiral galaxy, an open star cluster, and an edge-on galaxy.

**  Geminids, Venus, Jupiter, Orion, Comet Tsuchinshan | Night sky December 2023BBC Sky at Night Magazine

Find out what’s in the night sky tonight, December 2023, with astronomers Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel as your guide.
Venus and Jupiter are bright, the Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak and asteroid Vesta reaches opposition.
Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan increases in brightness and Orion returns with its wealth of deep-sky wonders.

00:00 – Intro
00:14 – Mercury
00:55 – Venus
02:33 – Jupiter
03:02 – Saturn
03:44 – Uranus and Neptune
05:39 – Mare Orientale
06:58 – Jupiter occults Ganymede
07:55 – Geminid meteor shower
10:02 – Vesta at opposition
10:31 – Comet 62P/Tsuchinshan
15:22 – Orion and deep-sky objects
22:16 – Taurus
23:36 – Auriga and open clusters
25:00 – Camelopardalis
26:36 Kemble’s Cascade

** Sky & Telescope’s Sky Tour Podcast – December | The Geminid Meteor Shower and Bright Evening Stars – Sky & Telescope Youtube

Our monthly Sky Tour #astronomy #podcast provides an informative and entertaining 10-minute guided tour of the nighttime sky. Listen to the December episode and keep tabs on the #Moon’s whereabouts, watch for some impressive #shootingstars, track down four #planets, and gaze at a tall tower of bright evening #stars. So bundle up, grab your curiosity, and come along on this month’s Sky Tour.

Listen and subscribe to this podcast at https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/ and don’t forget to subscribe to S&T’s YouTube channel to get alerts about new videos, including this monthly podcast

Learn more about #observing and #stargazing on our website, https://skyandtelescope.org/ and subscribe to our monthly magazine at https://skyandtelescope.org/subscribe.

**** The Geminid Meteor Shower 2023 – Sky & Telescope Youtube

Watch the #Geminid #meteorshower on the evening of December 13th and the morning of December 14th with tips from Sky & Telescope! The #geminids are one of the top #meteor showers of the year. Learn about what the Geminids are and how they form.

See also

** What’s in the Night Sky December 2023 Geminid Meteor Shower | Astronaut’s Tool Bag – Alyn Wallace

00:00 Intro
00:22 Last Chance!
00:46 Northern Hemisphere Sky
02:01 Southern Hemisphere Sky
02:39 Geminid Meteor Shower
04:15 Astronaut Tool Bag
05:35 Betelgeuse Eclipse
06:40 Planets
07:28 Full Moon
07:47 #WITNS Winners

** Night Sky Notebook December 2023Peter Detterline

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Night sky highlights for November 2023

Check out the night sky this month, November 2023. Here are videos highlighting the top sights to observe.

** What’s Up: November 2023 Skywatching Tips from NASA – NASA JPL

What are some skywatching highlights in November 2023?
The Leonid meteors peak, Saturn sits in the celestial sea, and Venus and Jupiter are visible on opposite sides of the sky.

0:00 Intro
0:13 Moon & planet highlights
1:31 Leonid meteors peak
2:21 The water constellations
3:46 November Moon phases

Additional information about topics covered in this episode of What’s Up, along with still images from the video, and the video transcript, are available at https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/skywatch….

** Tonight’s Sky: November 2023 – Space Telescope Science InstituteTonight’s Sky

In November, hunt for the fainter constellations of fall, including Pisces, Aries, and Triangulum. They will guide you to find several galaxies and a pair of white stars. Stay tuned for space-based views of spiral galaxy M74 and the Triangulum Galaxy, which are shown in visible, infrared, and ultraviolet light.

About this Series

“Tonight’s Sky” is a monthly video of constellations you can observe in the night sky. The series is produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of science operations for the Hubble Space Telescope, in partnership with NASA’s Universe of Learning. This is a recurring show, and you can find more episodes—and other astronomy videos—at https://hubblesite.org/resource-galle….

** What to see in the night sky: November 2023BBC Sky at Night Magazine

Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel reveal what to see in the night sky this month.

Find out what you can see in the night sky tonight, including Venus bright in the dark morning sky, Jupiter at opposition, the Leonid Meteor Shower, the Moon’s Mare Orientale, the Leonid Meteor Shower and the mighty Andromeda Galaxy.

Click on the time codes below to jump to some of November 2023’s night-sky highlights.

00:00 – Intro
01:07 – Venus as a bright morning star
03:30 – Jupiter at opposition
04:48 – Saturn and its moons
09:10 – Uranus and Neptune
10:35 – Jupiter moon events
11:55 – Lunar occultation of Venus
13:15 – Mare Orientale
15:03 – Leonid meteor shower
16:56 – Great Square of Pegasus
24:35 – Andromeda Galaxy

** Sky & Telescope’s Sky Tour Podcast – November 2023 | Shooting stars and the Andromeda GalaxySky & Telescope Youtube

Our monthly Sky Tour #astronomy #podcast provides an informative and entertaining 10-minute guided tour of the nighttime sky. Listen to the November episode and seek out some shooting #stars, then spot some bright #planets, follow some celestial fish, and track down the #Andromeda #Galaxy. Grab your curiosity, and come along on this month’s Sky Tour.

See also

** What’s in the Night Sky November 2023 Taurid Fireball Meteors | Leonids | Jupiter OppositionAlyn Wallace

00:00 Intro
00:30 Unmissable Events
01:14 Northern Hemisphere Sky
02:24 Southern Hemisphere Sky
02:54 Taurid Fireballs
04:17 Leonid Meteor Shower
05:02 Planets
06:30 Full Moon
07:05 #WITNS Winners

** Night Sky Notebook November 2023Peter Detterline

What’s happening in the night time sky for the month of November 2023.

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Night sky highlights for October 2023

Check out the night sky this month, October 2023. Here are videos highlighting the top sights to observe.

** What’s Up: October 2023 Skywatching Tips from NASA – NASA JPL

A “ring of fire” solar eclipse across the Americas on Oct. 14 is this month’s top highlight! Plus the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus strike some lovely poses for stargazers and planet watchers to enjoy.

0:00 Intro
0:12 Moon & planet highlights
1:29 Psyche mission launch
2:17 Annular solar eclipse
3:41 October Moon phases

Additional information about topics covered in this episode of What’s Up, along with still images from the video, and the video transcript, are available at https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/skywatch….

** Tonight’s Sky: October 2023 – Space Telescope Science InstituteTonight’s Sky

Crisp, clear October nights are full of celestial showpieces. Find Pegasus, the flying horse of Greek myth, to pinpoint dense globular star clusters and galaxies, and keep watching for space-based views of M15, NGC 7331, and the Andromeda Galaxy.

** What to see in the night sky: October 2023BBC Sky at Night Magazine

Astronomers Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel reveal what to see in the night sky this month, including:

– Partial lunar eclipse on 28 October
– Making the most of Venus
– Bright beautiful Jupiter approaching opposition
– Observing Jupiter’s Galilean Moons
– Moon’s encounter with the Pleiades star cluster
– Cutlass effect on the Moon
– Draconid meteor shower and Orionid meteor shower
– Comet 103P/Hartley

** Sky & Telescope’s Sky Tour Podcast – October | An Annular Solar Eclipse and Orionid Meteor Shower – Sky & Telescope Youtube

Our monthly Sky Tour #astronomy #podcast provides an informative and entertaining 10-minute guided tour of the nighttime sky. Listen to the October episode and celebrate two #eclipses, check in with #jupiter and #Saturn, track down the evening’s bright #stars, and look for bits of Halley’s #Comet flashing across the sky. Grab your curiosity, and come along on this month’s Sky Tour.

Listen and subscribe to this podcast at https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/ and don’t forget to subscribe to S&T’s YouTube channel to get alerts about new videos, including this monthly podcast

Learn more about #observing and #stargazing on our website, https://skyandtelescope.org/ and subscribe to our monthly magazine at https://skyandtelescope.org/subscribe.

Guide to viewing the 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse | October 14, 2023 – Sky & Telescope Youtube

Here’s what to expect for the annular — or “ring of fire” — #solareclipse on October 14, 2023. Don’t miss seeing the #Moon partially cover the face of the #Sun in a run-up to the total solar #eclipse happening next year in April 2024. The editors of Sky & Telescope share what to expect and how to safely view all the phases of October’s celestial event. Learn more about this annular eclipse and safe eclipse viewing at skyandtelescope.org.

See also

** What’s in the Night Sky October 2023 – Annular Solar Eclipse | Orionid Meteor ShowerAlyn Wallace

00:00 Intro
00:30 Ring of Fire Eclipse
03:03 Partial Lunar Eclipse
05:18 Milky Way
06:43 Orionid Meteor Shower
08:53 Taurid Meteor Showers
10:58 Aurora
11:40 Moon and Planets
13:02 #WITNS Winners

** Night Sky Notebook October 2023Peter Detterline

** See also:

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