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This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, February 28 – March 7

Venus shines near the Moon and Betelgeuse is brightening again — find other night sky sights in this week's roundup.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, February 21 – 29

Venus is the big bright "Evening Star" shining in the west during and after dusk. To its right or lower right as the stars come out is the Great Square of Pegasus, sinking down on one corner.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, February 14 – 22

By 8 or 9 p.m. the Big Dipper stands on its handle in the northeast. In the northwest, Cassiopeia stands on end at about the same height.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, February 7 – 15

Venus is the bright "star" shining in the southwest during and after twilight. Fainter Mercury is far down to its lower left as twilight fades.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, Jan. 24 – Feb. 1

Betelgeuse remains dim. The red supergiant Betelgeuse in Orion's shoulder has always been slightly variable, but for the last month or so it's been in an unusually low dip. As of January 22nd it was still about visual magnitude +1.5 instead of its more typical +0.5, It's clearly fainter than similarly-colored Aldebaran, magnitude +0.9, with which it's often compared and normally outshines quite obviously.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, January 17 – 25

Is your sky dark enough for you to see the winter Milky Way? In mid-evening now it runs vertically up and across the zenith: from Canis Major low in the southeast, up between Orion and Gemini, through Auriga and Perseus almost straight overhead, and down through Cassiopeia, Cepheus, and Cygnus to the northwest horizon.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, January 10 – 18

Venus, shining at magnitude –4.0 in Capricornus, dominates the southwest during and after twilight, higher each week. It will shine as the grand "Evening Star" all winter and into the spring.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, January 3 – 11

Astronomy? Skywatching? Daily sky sights for the unaided eye, binoculars, and telescopes, from Sky & Telescope magazine.

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, Jan. 31 – Feb. 8

Betelgeuse remains dim. The red supergiant Betelgeuse in Orion's shoulder has always been slightly variable, but for the last month or so it's been in an unusually low dip. Now magnitude 1.6!

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This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, December 27 – January 4

Want to become a better amateur astronomer? Learn your way around the constellations. They're the key to locating everything fainter and deeper to hunt with binoculars or a telescope.

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