Plan your stargazing for the coming week! Wake up early in the morning to watch the Moon pass by Saturn. For those of you nearer to the southern hemipshere, see if you can spot Canopus as it passes due south! Details courtesy Sky & Telescope
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Venus hits its brightest point tonight after sunset! You can also look for Mars to the left of brilliant Venus, much dimmer and slightly orange in color.

Venus brightest around February 16 |
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Check out the amazing work done by a very dedicated group of volunteers that have kept the older giant telescopes working on top of Mt. Wilson!

Atop Mt. Wilson, retired engineers keep alive astronomy's 'Sistine Chapel'
You may have heard that there is a lunar eclipse tonight, February 10-11. It will be very slight, but you may notice the full Moon is slightly darker than normal. This is called a "penumbral eclipse" as the Earth's outer shadow, or penumbra, passes over the Moon. The deeper shadow, or umbra, is the one that will cause the Moon to appear to disappear and then almost turn red. That radical...
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Subtle lunar eclipse on February 10-11 |
Explore the Orion Nebula, a giant nursery of baby stars, in February's Universe Discovery Guide! Find activities to help you visualize what it's like inside this crowded stellar nursery, find links to more NASA resources, and of course find out how to spot the Orion Nebula in the winter sky, in the "sword" of the constellation Orion!.

Universe Discovery Guide for February: Orion Nebula, Nursery of Newborn Stars | Night Sky Network
A bright green fireball was caught on video as it streaked across the night sky of the midwest United States last night!

WATCH: Huge, Green Fireball Streaks Across Midwest Sky
Sad news for a club that is heavily involved with outreach - thieves stole The Albuquerque Astronomical Society 's outreach equipment, including a mobile planetarium used at local schools to teach children the sky. Find out more at the link below and see their website at for more updates. Let's hope they can recover their equipment soon!

Theft of planetarium leaves astronomy club in the dark
Find out when and where to spot the naked eye visible planets in February with Earthsky’s guide to the bright planets! Spy Venus and Mars in the west in the evenings. Jupiter rises late at night in the east and is high and bright right before dawn, and catch Saturn rising from the east in the early morning right before sunrise. And can you catch elusive Mercury?

EarthSky’s guide to the bright planets |
Need a break from observing our Moon? Take some time to find out more about Earths other, artificial satellites with help from this great visualization!

Interactive graphic: See every satellite orbiting earth
Find out how to spot the Zodiacal Light by using Mars and Venus as guideposts, plus spot a couple of comets and a notable asteroid in the latest "What's Up?" video from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

What's Up for February 2017

Use Venus and Mars to find the Zodiacal Light, plus two comets and the brightest asteroid. Find more astronomy information and events in your area by visitin...

Check out a conjunction of the Moon, Mars, and Venus in the west right after sunset tonight!

Don’t miss the moon, Venus, Mars triangle |
If you aren't a morning person, you might find it to hard to spot Saturn this month, as the planet is up in the eastern sky only a couple of hours before sunrise. However, as consolation to stargazers who miss their views of Saturn's rings through their eyepieces, NASA's Cassini Mission to Saturn is returning some of its most amazing images yet of the ringed planet!

Close Views Show Saturn's Rings in Unprecedented Detail
Enjoy beautiful bright Iridium flares now; the satellites that cause these startling flashes of night light will be gone soon. New satellites are being launched to replace the current aging network, and the original flare-worthy Iridium satellites are scheduled to be de-orbited starting in 2018.

Skywatchers: Get your Iridium flare fix now – Spaceflight Now
Looking for more out of this world educational resources from NASA? Try NASA Wavelength ! Go to the Wavelength site to find a great collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels - from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. Plus, you can access the latest NASA images, apps, ScienceCasts, and more

NASA Wavelength Digital Library
Have you gotten a bit tired of looking at the same objects in your telescope? Looking for a new challenge? Try out one of the Astronomical League's many fantastic observing programs and sharpen your skills while earning some recognition for your hard-earned observations!

Fifty Years of the Astronomical League Observing Programs - Sky & Telescope
We have a new post up to help folks out who may be curious about setting up an astronomy event for their community! The secret for success? Ask your local astronomy club for help!

How to Partner With Your Local Astronomy Club | Night Sky Network
Finally shipping out astronomy outreach award pins to clubs! So many pins to pack...but so worth it to recognize the great work amateur astronomers do in bringing the stars to their communities!
You can help choose where NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter will take its next pictures of Jupiter!

Public to Choose Jupiter Picture Sites for NASA Juno
Skywatching can happen both day and night! There are some objects you can observe during the day: the Sun (with proper protection, of course) and the Moon can both be easily seen during daylight. But did you know that at times you can see Venus (a few of you may have seen it recently right before sunset, for example)? Or other objects? Find out more at EarthSky !

10 surprising space objects to see in the daytime sky |
Plan your stargazing with help from our Night Sky Planner page, featuring daily stargazing updates from EarthSky, weather forecasts, Sun and Moon data, and links to many more handy resources for skywatchers! Check it out at the link below.

Night Sky Planner | Night Sky Network