Fri., Feb. 1 6:54 4:56
Sat., Feb. 2 6:53 4:58
Sun., Feb. 3 6:52 4:59
Mon., Feb. 4 6:51 5:00
Tues., Feb. 5 6:49 5:01
Wed., Feb. 6 6:48 5:03
Thurs., Feb. 7 6:47 5:04
Fri., Feb. 8 6:46 5:05
The sky tomorrow morning will be an impressive, memorable sight for anyone up early. The two brightest planets in our sky, Jupiter and Venus, appear within a degree of each other in the southeastern sky before sunrise. To the right, a crescent waning moon appears nearby. The three are in the zodiacal constellation Sagittarius.
The show gets better on Sunday morning when the moon appears even closer, underneath the two planets and only a few degrees away.
The movement of the planets is fun to watch especially when they are so close. Venus is the brighter of the two. Jupiter will appear to pass by Venus and in the mornings ahead move away from Venus. Of the two, Venus is the closer, 120 million miles away. Jupiter is 530 million miles away.
The Vineyard will get a lunar eclipse later in February. The full moon enters the shadow of the Earth on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 20.
Mars and Saturn
The bright red planet Mars appears high in the eastern sky after sunset. Mars is in the zodiacal constellation Taurus and moving towards the constellation Gemini.
The ringed planet Saturn rises above the eastern sky after sunset. Saturn is easy to spot amid the eastern stars. Saturn is brighter than all of the stars in that area of the sky.