Night sky highlights for February 2023

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

What are some skywatching highlights in February 2023?
See Jupiter and Venus appear nearer each night, as they head for a close conjunction at the start of March. Use bright stars Capella and Elnath to identify the constellation Auriga, and then find your way to two distant star clusters using Sirius as a guidepost.

0:00 Intro
0:12 Moon & planet highlights
0:47 The constellation Auriga
1:52 Easy-to-find star clusters
3:10 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….

** Tonight’s Sky: February 2023 – 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.

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

Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel reveal the best things to see in the night sky this month, including Mercury, Venus, Comet C/2022 E3, Orion, Gemini and the Moon.

** Sky & Telescope’s Sky Tour Podcast – February 2023 – 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 explore the #Moon’s phases, watch three #planets in the evening sky, take stock of winter’s brightest #stars, and track down two lesser-known #constellations.

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See also

** Night Sky Notebook February 2023Peter Detterline

** The Night Sky February 2023 | What To Photograph In N. HemisphereAstroFarsography – YouTube

The Night Sky February 2023 is here and we begin saying farewell to our emission nebulae as galaxy season begins to rear its head.

The Night Sky is a curated list of deep sky targets, planets and other events that happen in our night skies during February in the Northern Hemisphere.

All targets are split into focal length ranges and are based off of a full frame camera sensor. However equivalent focal lengths are provided.

To use equivalent sizes is simple. Find the camera you’re using and see what focal length I’ve supplied. This is the focal length of telescope you need to match the example I’ve suggested.

All planets are from my latitude in the United Kingdom of about 52° North and I only include them if they rise above 20° altitude for a decent amount of time during the month. So depending on how high or low you are will vary your seeing conditions!

Clear skies everyone, keep looking up and keep them cameras clicking.

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