Planets adorn the night sky from dusk to dawn in February. Just one month removed from its peak visibility, Jupiter provides a smorgasbord of details from sunset until the wee hours. Mercury continues to shine brightly in the evening sky in early February, but it soon passes between the Sun and Earth and re-emerges before dawn at month’s end. The morning sky also offers superb views of Mars and Saturn as they approach their springtime peaks. But the focus of naked-eye observers during the predawn hours has to be Venus, which shines at its brightest this month.
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