Young moon and Venus adorns the western evening twilight in February 2020.

Watch for the moon and Venus this week

You might not see the moon on February 24. It might be too close to the sunset. Observers in North America, though, do have a shot at Monday evening’s moon. And every evening after that, you’ll surely see the waxing crescent moving up past bright Venus!

Slender waning crescent moon with morning planets.

Moon occults Mars morning of February 18

If you’re on the right place on Earth’s surface, you can watch the moon occult (cover over) Mars on February 18, and then Jupiter on February 19. We elaborate in our post.

Waning crescent moon and morning planets adorn February 2020 predawn sky.

Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn before sunrise

Get up early on February 16 and 17, 2020, and let the waning crescent moon point out a parade of three bright planets adorning the east before sunup.

Moon and Spica at late night in February 12 and 13, 2020.

Moon and Spica rise at late evening

You’ll have to stay up late on February 12, 2020 to view the moon and star Spica – brightest light in the constellation Virgo – rising into your eastern sky.

See all 5 bright planets in February

Find all 5 bright planets in February 2020. Use Venus to find Mercury after sunset, and then look for Saturn on line with Mars and Jupiter in the morning sky.

Moon shines by the star Regulus at late night.

Full Snow Moon near star Regulus February 8 and 9

The full moon instant occurs on February 9, 2020, at 7:33 UTC. The moon will appear full to the eye on both February 8 and 9. It’ll be near the star Regulus in Leo. We in North America call the February full moon the Snow Moon or Hunger Moon.

Moon shines in between the star Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster.

Moon near star Aldebaran on February 3

This evening – February 3, 2020 – use the moon to find Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus the Bull. Aldebaran is a reddish star and represents the Bull’s fiery eye. Also, watch for the tiny, misty, dipper-shaped Pleiades nearby.

Chart: Mercury and Venus along the ecliptic in the twilight dusk.

See Mercury beneath Venus at dusk

February 2020 presents a good evening showing of Mercury for the Northern Hemisphere. This world will appear over the sunset point on the horizon as dusk gives way to nightfall for the next few weeks.

Moon, and Uranus at nightfall.

How to locate planet Uranus

Tonight’s waxing crescent moon shines close to Uranus. Learn how to locate the planet, using tonight’s moon location and these links to charts and other info.

Star-hop from Orion to Planet 9

For several years now, astronomers have been searching for a hypothetical Planet 9 in the starry sky. You can use the constellation Orion to show you approximately where they’re looking.