Jupiter, in Virgo, shines like a beacon in the southeast at nightfall. It's highest in the south by 11 or midnight.
Arcturus shines brightly in the east these evenings, to the left or upper left of even brighter Jupiter.
In addition to three comets now in binocular view, Jupiter is at its biggest and brightest. Also look for summer star Vega in the northeast soon after dark.
How do you find out what stars are visible tonight? With a planisphere or "star wheel." It's easy!
Catch two comets through your binoculars, and watch the waxing crescent Moon approaching Aldebaran and the Hyades Friday evening.
Look up at the stars tonight and see the Little Dipper "pour" into the Big Dipper. Telescope users may try for Jupiter's moon in eclipse and Comet 41P.
Find the dim constellation Cancer on the traditional divide between the winter and spring sky. Last quarter Moon falls on Monday, March 20th.
The Moon hangs a few degrees below Regulus this Friday evening, and Mercury begins to emerge from the glow of sunset by the end of the week.
Here's what you need to know to navigate the heavens with a telescope and star atlas.
The Moon hangs below Aldebaran in the west this evening. But get ready for Saturday night, when the dark limb of the first-quarter Moon occults Aldebaran
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Sirius blazes high in the south these evenings, with bright Canopus due south below, and on Sunday, February 26th, Mars and Uranus are in conjunction.
After dinnertime at this time of year, five carnivore constellations are rising upright in a ragged row. Orion stands highest in early evening.
See a full Moon on Friday and, for most of the Americas, catch a very deep penumbral eclipse of the Moon that happens around sunset or in early evening.
North American observers can watch the Moon flirt with Earth’s shadow on the evening of February 10th.
The first-quarter Moon on Friday is high in the south at sunset. After dark it balances on the dim head of Cetus. Spot Pleiades to its upper left.
After dark the Great Square of Pegasus is sinking down in the west, to the right of Venus and Mars. The Big Dipper is creeping up in the north-northeast.
After dinnertime this week, the Winter Triangle glitters in the southeast. Sirius is its lowest and brightest star, Betelgeuse above, and to their left Procyon.
The asteroid 4 Vesta shines at 6th magnitude in January 2017, visible in Gemini with binoculars or a small telescope.
On Saturday, the waning gibbous Moon and Regulus rise around 8 p.m. They'll part ways through the night as the Moon moves east along its orbit.
The waxing gibbous Moon shines below the Pleiades and right of Aldebaran Saturday evening - watch the Moon's dark limb occult a star later that night.
Can you spot the fingernail-thin crescent Moon in twilight Friday night? It's less than two days old as seen after sunset from North America.
The Quadrantids, one of the year's best meteor showers, peaks on the morning of January 3rd, is. But be ready for it — most of the action takes place over just a few hours.
After dark you'll find the Pleiades high in the east, with Aldebaran and the Hyades below them. Far below these, Orion is beginning to clear the horizon.
Maybe this gift-giving season you got a shiny new telescope to call your own. Congratulations — you could be on your way to discovering many amazing far things in the night sky. Although most of them are so far and faint that just finding and detecting them is the challenge! Whether your new scope is…