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Out late tonight? See moon and Jupiter

Bright Jupiter near the moon on Valentine’s Night, 2017! Show your sweetheart, if you’ve got one, or treat yourself to a look.

Zodiacal light glowing pyramid after dark

From the Northern Hemisphere, look for the elusive zodiacal light, a hazy pyramid of light extending up from the sunset point. Southern Hemisphere? Look before dawn!

For those at southerly latitudes, Canopus!

At this time of year – if you see Sirius, the sky’s brightest star, and notice another bright star below it – that second star is Canopus!

Moon and Regulus early evening to dawn

Enjoy the pairing of the waning gibbous moon and Regulus – brightest star in Leo the Lion – on February 11, 2017!

Subtle lunar eclipse on February 10-11

The Americas and Greenland see the penumbral lunar eclipse Friday evening. Europe, Africa, and Asia see it Saturday morning.

Sirius is Dog Star and brightest star

Sirius – the Dog Star – is the sky’s brightest star. It’s very easy to spot on winter and spring evenings.

What’s special about a full moon?

Why does a full moon tug our heartstrings? And why does the moon on this night look full, in contrast to other other nights and other phases of the moon?

Moon in front of Cancer on February 9

The almost-full moon will make faint Cancer the Crab hard to see. But notice the stars near tonight’s moon, and you can find Cancer when the moon has moved away.

Where’s the moon? Waxing gibbous

Full moon – and a penumbral lunar eclipse – will come on February 11, 2017 at 00:33 UTC. For the Americas, your fullest moon and eclipse are the night of February 10.

Moon, Gemini stars, Procyon February 8

The moon is waxing toward full and very bright, but the evening sky also has many bright stars. Look for the Gemini stars, Castor and Pollux, plus Procyon the Little Dog Star.