Current Night Sky: February 2019

The Moon & Planets: 
sky chart
sky chart
Evening Planets (after sunset): 
  • Neptune, W
  • Mercury, W
  • Uranus, SW
  • Mars, SW
Morning Planets (before sunrise): 
  • Jupiter, SE
  • Venus, SE
  • Saturn, SE

Comet 46P Wirtanen stays within the boundaries of Ursa Major, so remains circumpolar to observers in mid-northern latitudes. On the 18th, it passes within a quarter-degree of 3rd-magnitude Theta Ursae Majoris. By then, however, the comet may have faded to 9th magnitude.


There are no significant meteor showers in February.

Phases of the Moon: 
New Moon February 4 4:04 pm EST
First Quarter Moon February 12 5:26 pm EST
Full Moon February 19 10:54 am EST
Last Quarter Moon February 26 6:28 am EST

Text, graphics, and animations by John Sheff. Graphics courtesy of Starry Night(©) Pro Plus 7 / Imaginova(©) Corp. Starry Night images are used with permission from Imaginova Corp. Starry Night is a registered trademark of Imaginova Corp. Star charts generated by Starry Night Pro Plus 7 © Imaginova Corp. All rights reserved.