Tour February's Sky by Eye and Ear!
The month begins with the Moon nowhere in sight, at least in the evening. But almost immediately after sundown you’ll see a starlike beacon far above the southern horizon — so high up that it’s almost overhead. That’s the planet Jupiter.
Another bright planet, Mercury, is viewable around the middle of February. Search for it beginning about the 9th or 10th low in the west as twilight darkens. Watch where the Sun sets, and then look just above that spot about 45 minutes later.
Well up in the east, look for Orion's distinctive belt, a trio of stars that make a diagonal row. To the belt’s upper left is Betelgeuse, and to the lower right is the blue-white diamond called Rigel.
February might be cold where you live, but its evenings offer many amazing sky sights. To track them down, download this month's 7½-minute-long audio sky tour.