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Jupiter shines brilliantly

Jupiter shines brilliantly throughout these long February nights as it reaches opposition and peak visibility; meanwhile, Venus and Mars make a sterling pair in evening twilight.
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Venus dazzles in the western sky after sunset, a beacon you won’t mistake for any other celestial object. It makes a pretty pair with Mars all month, though the Red Planet pales in comparison to its brilliant neighbor. A crescent Moon adds luster to the scene February 20.

As Venus dips low in the west, Jupiter climbs farther above the opposite horizon. The giant planet reaches its peak this month and will be a telescopic delight, displaying intricate cloud features and dancing moons from dusk to dawn. Closing out the long February nights, Saturn makes a nice addition to the stars of northern Scorpius.

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