Black Moon this month, meaning there is no full moon. (This happens about
four times each century).
Full Moon: None
Last Quarter: 7th
New Moon: 15th
First Quarter: 23rd
Mercury, will be very tricky this month. You may have some success towards the end of the month. Look for it low in the western sky around sunset. You will need a clear horizon as it will be very low.
Venus returns to the evening sky this month. In early February it will be low in the west, getting higher in the western sky as the month goes on.
Mars is now a predawn object and rises about 2:30 a.m. climbing to about 25* before sunrise at the beginning of the month. The planet will brighten considerably throughout the month, reaching magnitude 0.8 by month’s end. Over the coming months, our view of Mars will continue to improve as we get closer together. Each month, Mars will appear bigger and brighter in our scopes, with more detail visible. This will be a very favorable viewing year.
The King rises at about 1:30 am in the constellation Libra at the beginning of the month and by 11:45 pm at month’s end. At magnitude -2.0 it is very bright in the night sky.
Even with a very modest telescope, the bands and the four Gallilean moons will be visible.
Saturnis now in the pre-dawn sky in the constellation of Sagittarius, but remains low on the SE horizon, rising around 4:30 am at the beginning of the month, and about 3:20 am at the end.
This Ice Giant is getting smaller and dimmer, but still is visible half of the night, setting around 11:00 pm. It can be seen in binoculars and even seen with the naked eye in really dark skies. Noteworthy because it is very high in the sky. It hasn’t been this high since the 1960’s. This is a very faint object, very far from Earth, so if you are hunting Uranus, this would be a very good time to look for it. In a telescope it will appear as small, pale, blue-green disk, with no surface detail visible. Still you will be able to saw you saw it with your own eyes.
Sets around 7:30 at the beginning of February, and 6 pm at the end. Difficult because low in the sky as well as dim and far away.