Merrillville Community Planetarium
Bringing the Universe to the Merrillville Schools and Northwest Indiana

February Planets

Mercury can be seen in the first half of February after sunset, low in the western sky. Mercury reaches its highest point on the 11th, then appears lower in the sky every night until it disappears in the Sun’s glare. Mercury looks like a small white star.

Venus can be seen in the southwestern sky after sunset in the constellation Pisces (the Fish). Venus can be seen for several hours until it disappears on the horizon. Venus is the “Evening Star”. Venus looks like a very bright white star.

Mars can be seen rising in the southeastern sky several hours before sunrise in the constellation Sagittarius (the Archer). Mars is to the left of the very red star Antares (Rival of Mars). Mars looks like a bright, ruddy-colored star.

Jupiter can be seen rising in the southeastern sky in the constellation Sagittarius (the Archer). Jupiter rises a little earlier every night, slowly moving closer to Mars. Jupiter rises about two hours earlier by the end of February. Jupiter looks like a very bright, yellow-colored star.

Saturn can be seen for a very short time rising in the southeastern predawn sky in the constellation Sagittarius (the Archer), about a half hour after Jupiter. Saturn rises about 6:00 a.m. and then by 4:00 a.m. at the end of the month. Saturn looks like a bright, amber-colored star.