Weekly Stargazing Tips

Provided by StarDate.org. Unless otherwise specified, viewing times are local time regardless of time zone, and are good for the entire Lower 48 states (and, generally, for Alaska and Hawaii).

February 25: Mars and Uranus

The planet Uranus stands quite close to the upper left of Mars tonight, which itself is to the upper left of Venus, the “evening star.” Through binoculars, Uranus looks like a faint star. Mars and Uranus will stand side by side tomorrow night.

February 26: Annular Eclipse

Skywatchers in South America and Africa are in for a treat today: a solar eclipse. Unfortunately, it’s an annular eclipse, so a bright ring of sunshine will outline the intervening Moon. The eclipse is not visible from the United States.

February 27: M46 and M47

The star clusters M46 and M47 are in good view this evening, not far to the left or lower left of Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, which is high in the south at nightfall. Under dark skies, M47 is just visible as a hazy patch of light.

February 28: Moon and Planets

The planet Mars forms the top point of a skinny triangle this evening. It is far above the crescent Moon, and looks like a modestly bright orange star. The much brighter planet Venus, the “evening star,” stands closer to the upper right of the Moon.