Bright planets light up the February night sky

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The past few nights, you may have noticed what appear to be bright “stars” next to the moon in the western evening sky. Those aren’t stars at all, but actually two planets, Venus and Mars.

Venus and Mars will stay fairly close together in the western sky through February 2017. Venus sets about 4 hours after the sun in early February and about 3 hours after the sun by late February.

Also, Venus will become brighter as the month goes along while Mars will be dimming.

Jupiter and Saturn will also make appearances near the moon before dawn mid to late month.

 

– Meteorologist Pierce Legeion

Pierce Legeion is a meteorologist and digital journalist for WNCT 9 First Alert Weather.

Courtesy: earthsky.org

 

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