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Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus, and Mercury spread out across more than half of the predawn sky, with the two inner planets approaching within 5° of each other for much of the month. Although February’s early evening sky offers fewer and dimmer planets, they’re worth exploring until Jupiter comes into view. Finally, observers in the western United States can watch the Moon pass in front of Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus. The Moon joins Mercury and Venus OPHIUCHUS Saturn Altair AQUIL A SC ORPIUS Moon Mercury SAGIT TARIUS Venus 5° February 6, 30 minutes before sunrise Looking southeast Shortly before dawn February 6, the waning crescent Moon slides past the two inner planets.

A lot of steps of adding a bit more mass are probably needed to end up with a true pebble several centimeters in size. Astronomers are starting to see protoplanetary disks in radio waves emitted by pebbles — so theory and experiment need to catch up to understand how real star systems do all this in perhaps only tens of thousands of years. Calvin Remmers Pierz, Minnesota A: The world’s space agencies do not actively track defunct spacecraft — that is, spacecraft with dead radios — beyond Earth orbit, though sometimes they can work out where they should be.

As Earth spins beneath the starry canopy, Saturn soon pokes above the horizon. m. local time February 1 and nearly two hours earlier by month’s end. On the 3rd, the waning crescent Moon stands 4° northwest of the gas giant. 5 all month. The view of Saturn through a telescope never fails to impress. In mid-February, the planet’s equatorial diameter measures 16" while the ring system spans 37" and tilts 26° to our line of sight. For the best views, wait until Saturn climbs higher in the sky near the beginning of twilight.

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