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What’s up in the night sky in February 2017

What’s up in the night sky in February 2017 Venus, Mars, two comets and the brightest asteroid will all make an appearance Share Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now What’s Up for February 2017 Share this video
Stargazers are in for a treat this month with two comets, the brightest asteroid and you can use Venus and Mars to find the zodiacal light.
Venus was clearly visible last month and you can still have the chance to see it in February with Mars and Uranus.
Jane Houston Jones from Nasa’s jet propulsion laboratory said: “If you’ve been watching Venus the past few months you can’t help but notice it’s the brightest object in the sky, expect for the moon of course.
“Through a telescope, you are in for a real treat. As Venus’ illuminated crescent phase will thin, its apparent diameter increases and Venus remains the same brightness all month long. Don Cardy took this photo of Venus in the night sky
“Just above Venus is Mars, posing with Uranus this month.”
You should be able to see both Mars and Uranus through binoculars this month. Read More
This month isn’t a great meteor shower month but there’s a different type of dust particle you might see called the Zodiacal light.
Meteors are caused when dust particles from comets and asteroids burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere.
She continued: “The Zodiacal light is a triangular glow caused when sunlight reflects off dust particles in the plane of our solar system.” Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now

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