February 2014 – Skygazing

It’s February – a great month to share your passion for the sky! If you have a love for looking up be sure to get out there and take in some of the wonders of the universe.

The Night Sky

This image shows what the night sky looks like on 14th February 2014 at midnight from Glasgow, UK. The sky will look similar at the same time through the month – the only significant change being that of the Moon’s position (you can click on it to make the image bigger).

The overhead night sky from Glasgow, UK at midnight on 14th February 2014. Made using Stellarium.

The overhead night sky from Glasgow, UK at midnight on 14th February 2014. Made using Stellarium.

The full Moon is almost due South around midnight on the 14th February.

The giant planet, Jupiter dominates the night sky – even from the City. Look out for it as a steady point of light beside the scintillating stars Castor and Pollux (of Gemini). Mars is also marching into the night sky, rising in the East alongside the spring star, Spica.

Try finding ‘The Plough’ in order to work out what direction you’re facing. Find the seven stars that form this familiar asterism and use the last two stars to lead your eye through the sky to the North Star, Polaris.

Using The Plough to find Polaris and North.

Using The Plough to find Polaris and North.

Astronomy Books

Getting into astronomy? Check out these fantastic books about astronomy which are accessible for all levels and highly recommended.

Sunrise and Sunset times, Glasgow

  • 6th February 2014 – Sunrise 08:02 Sunset 17:01

  • 14th February 2014 – Sunrise 07:44 Sunset 17:19

  • 22nd February 2014 – Sunrise 07:26 Sunset 17:36

Times are listed are local to Glasgow.

Moon Phases

  • First Quarter – 6th February 2014, 19:22

  • Full Moon – 14th February 2014, 23:53

  • Last Quarter – 22nd February 2014, 17:16

There’s no New Moon phase during February 2014. Times are listed are local to Glasgow.

Love your skygazing in February 2014!

About Derek Shirlaw

I'm passionate about science communication, social media, and my home country, Scotland. In particular, I have a real interest in astronomy, digital marketing, and the great outdoors.
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