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New moon is February 26

And it’ll cause an eclipse. Read more about the upcoming new moon – and find links to info about Sunday’s “ring of fire” eclipse – here.

February 26 ring of fire eclipse

The annular eclipse of the sun on February 26, 2017 takes place in the Southern Hemisphere, along a very narrow path that runs through South America and Africa.

Ring of fire eclipse on Sunday

The February 26, 2017 annular solar eclipse – aka a ring of fire eclipse – will be visible from parts of Earth’s Southern Hemisphere.

What is the zodiacal light?

The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. Late winter/early spring is a great time to see it.

Star of the week: Procyon

The Dog Star, Sirius, is easy to spot because it’s the sky’s brightest star. Procyon – the other Dog Star – is near its brighter brother on the sky’s dome.

Arc to Arcturus, the springtime star

Before going to bed tonight, locate the Big Dipper in your northern sky, and then follow the arc in the Dipper’s handle to find yellow-orange star Arcturus.

Hare and Dove at Orion’s feet

Lepus the Hare and Columba the Dove are 2 faint constellations near the easy-to-find constellation Orion. You need a dark sky to see them.

Where’s the moon? Waning crescent

A waning crescent moon is sometimes called an old moon. It’s seen in the east before dawn. Next new moon is February 26 at 14:58 UTC.

See the Double Cluster in Perseus

You can see the M-shaped (or W-shaped) constellation Cassiopeia to find it. The Double Cluster in the constellation Perseus is beautiful in a dark sky.

Find blue-white Rigel at Orion’s foot

If Rigel were as close as our sun, it would outshine the sun by 40,000 times!

Moon, Saturn, Antares early Monday

If you see them, notice the colors of Saturn and Antares. Saturn is golden, and the star, Antares, is reddish. Plus you might notice Antares twinkling, while Saturn shines steadily!

Last quarter moon is February 18

A last quarter moon rises around midnight. It appears half illuminated from Earth. The exact last quarter phase will come on February 18, 2017 at 19:33 UTC.

Gemini? Here’s your contellation

How to see the constellation Gemini in the night sky, plus some of ancient lore about the legendary Twins.

Star of the week: Castor

Castor is one of 2 bright stars in the constellation Gemini the Twins. It appears as a single star, but it’s actually a multiple star system.

Big Dipper stars point to North Star

The two outermost stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper always point to the North Star, aka Polaris. That’s why astronomers call these stars The Pointers.

Where’s the moon? Waning gibbous

Watch for the moon late at night now, or before dawn. Last quarter moon will come on February 18.

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!