What's in the Sky Tonight?

FEBRUARY 2020

Our Favorite Astronomical Binoculars


Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter

$60 range

February 9 - Full Moon, Super Moon. Early Native American tribes called this the Full Snow Moon because the heaviest snows usually fell during this time of the year. Some tribes called this the Full Hunger Moon, since the harsh weather made hunting difficult. This is the first of four Super Moons for 2020, when the Moon is closest to the Earth and might look larger and brighter than usual.

February 10 – Moon and Mars conjunct. These two objects will appear close to one another in the night sky.

February 23 - New Moon.

February 27 – Moon and Jupiter conjunct. These two objects will appear close to one another in the night sky.

Here's a list of the best observing nights in 2020.

Venus will shine low in the western sky after sunset, then quickly disappear. Jupiter, not far from Venus in the southwestern sky, moves lower as the month progresses. With a pair of binoculars, you can see the four Galilean moons of Jupiter.

ASTRONOMY BINOCULARS
A mini telescope you can take anywhere

If you love sky gazing, you have to have a pair of astronomy binoculars! Binoculars are a fantastic alternative to telescopes—inexpensive, lightweight, and portable. For city dwellers where there is a lot of light pollution, binoculars are essential if you want to see much of anything.

Binoculars enlarge and brighten the beauty and immensity of the night sky. You can see the detail of the moon's craters, the phases of Venus, the moons and stripes of Jupiter, the awesome jewels that dot the Milky Way, nebulae, star clusters, and comets when they're passing near.

Our favorite astonomy binoculars is the Celestron SkGiyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars. These are excellent as well:



ANOTHER GREAT ASTRONOMICAL TOOL:

THE PLANISPHERE
A year-round, real-time sky map

planisphere star locator mapA planisphere is a rotating star chart that allows you to dial in the entire visible sky for any day and time of the year and with great precision. It has been called an analog star computer and was considered magical in ancient times.

Planispheres show the brightest stars, constellations, notable galaxies and nebulae, as well as the path of the Milky Way. The plane of the ecliptic is also shown, which reveals the pathway of the planets as they appear to move across the night sky.

Purchase a planisphere for $7.95