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TODAY'S RISE AND SET
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SUNRISE

6:51 A.M.

MOONRISE

5:53 A.M.

SUNSET

5:06 P.M.

MOONSET

4:21 P.M.

FEBRUARY SKY EVENTS

Not a single naked-eye planet appears in the evening sky in the beginning of the month. Night’s opening hours are dominated by Orion and the Dog Star, Sirius.

On the 6th at dawn, 40 minutes before sunrise, the waning crescent Moon meets Mercury and Venus low in the southeast in Sagittarius.

By mid-month, brilliant creamy Jupiter, retrograding into Leo, starts rising at 8:30 P.M. and is nicely up by 10, ruling the rest of the night as the brightest “star” in the sky.

The Moon passes very closely below Jupiter on the 23rd. Mars, brightening noticeably in Libra, rises by 2 A.M. and is halfway up the southern sky at dawn.

On Leap Day (29th), it dangles below the Moon.

MOON PHASES FOR THIS WEEK

TODAY 7 

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FULL MOON NAMES

January

Full Wolf Moon

February

Full Snow Moon

March

Full Worm Moon

April

Full Pink Moon

May

Full Flower Moon

June

Full Strawberry Moon

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FASCINATING FACT

Stellar black holes were once huge stars that later collapsed inward due to the force of their own gravity. Supermassive black holes may have formed from the collapse of many stars or giant gas clouds.

This month:

FULL SNOW
MOON

February 22, 1:20 P.M.(ET)

Usually the heaviest snows fall in February, and hunting becomes very difficult. Some Native American tribes called this the full Hunger Moon.

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SEASONS

For centuries, people have watched the sky for the changes of seasons and then celebrated with colorful rituals.

Tell Us how you celebrate the different seasons?

Solstices and Equinoxes

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Travel in Time
Visit these ancient seasonal markers:

Stonehenge, England

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Chichén Itzá Mexico

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 Exploratorium

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CATCH SATURN'S RINGS

Saturn will be especially visible in 2031. Click here if you can't wait.

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Once Upon a Moon...

What image do you see in the full Moon?
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GIANT JUPITER

Jupiter’s surface is covered clouds of many colors--red, brown, yellow, and white! The clouds move in light and dark bands around the planet. See Jupiter rotating!

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Did You Know?
On a clear night look up at the sky and connect some stars to create an original constellation. Make up a story about it and share it with other kids.Tell Us


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