This Week in Astronomy with Dave Eicher

That brilliant planet within the sky subsequent to the Moon this week? It’s Jupiter.

This week, you’ll be able to catch Jupiter and the Moon in shut quarters. The waxing-crescent Moon will slide about 3° north of the gasoline big on Feb. 15 at round 8h Common Time. For observers within the Americas, the objects might be nearer collectively the night of Feb. 14; observers in East Asia and Oceania will see them nearer on the evening of Feb. 15.

Whichever evening you see them, the pair will make an alluring wide-field vista hanging out beneath the fuzzy patch of the Pleiades (M45) and to the correct of the constellation Orion.

Jupiter received’t be the one planet within the neighborhood: On the night of Feb. 15/16, the Moon will attain conjunction with Uranus, passing 3° north. The ice big might be on the restrict of naked-eye visibility and competing with the close by Moon, so that you’ll in all probability need to search it out with binoculars or your Celestron telescope.

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