What to Look for in the Night Sky in February: Planets, Bright Blue, Red Stars

During the month of February, there will be a few things for those interested in the sky, the stars and planets to take a look at.

As usual, there will be a full moon during the month of February. The full moon is on the 19 of the month and it will be called the full snow moon. But sky gazers don't have to wait until then to see something impressive in the sky, there will be other sights to see through the month as well.

Venus, the waning crescent Moon and Jupiter (right side), appear together in the skies above Salt Lake City, January 31. Bill Dunford/NASA

Some of the planets will be visible in the sky throughout the month. Starting with Mars, the Red Planet will be appearing especially red during the month of February, both red and blue planets will be appearing especially vivid this month, according to NASA.

The best time to spot Mars will be in the hours following the sunset and it will be easiest to spot in the west part of the sky. Around February 10, the crescent moon will also be near Mars making for a beautiful pairing in the sky.

Later in the month, around the 18th, when the moon will be nearly full, Venus and Mars will be hyper-visible as well. The two will be close to one another in the southeast part of the sky about an hour before the sun rises, according to NASA. But then they'll slowly draw apart over the following days when they'll end up in a neat line with Jupiter and the moon as well. This will happen on the early morning of February 27 an hour before sunrise, again in the southeast part of the sky.

But that's not all that will be visible on the 27th, Mercury will also be visible in the sky for those in the Northern Hemisphere. It sits so close to the sun that it's rarely really visible from Earth so it's a rare chance.

A few red and blue-white stars will be visible as well throughout the month. Those include the red stars Aldebaran and Betelgeuse and the blue-white stars Rigel and Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Viewers should look south and high in the sky to spot these, according to NASA.

Anyone heading out should be sure to bundle up accordingly so that they don't get too cold while out looking for the stars and planets that are visible this month.