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Star Brightly: 3 Celestial Events to Observe This February

February's chilly nights bring some bright and warming star-centered events. Here are three celestial events to watch for in February 2023.

february 2023 celestial events
Written by
Calin Van Paris
Midwinter provides an ideal opportunity to
stare up at the stars
. And with February 2023 comes plenty of unique, eye-catching, and sky-brightening events to warm up even the chilliest nights.
The month begins with the passage of a once-in-a-lifetime comet, followed by a full moon and a radiant row of celestial bodies, all combining for a month of truly special star stuff.
Taking in the evening's nightly showings is a globally accessible and awe-inspiring
that serves to cement both the beauty of our planet's—and our own—place in things. While celebrating love and keeping cozy, don't forget to look up for some enhanced (even existential) devotion.

3 February Celestial Events to Watch in 2023

february 2023 celestial events

February 1: Green Comet

More formally known as Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), this comet—a visitor that has been traveling for tens of thousands of years, is bright green, and is passing the closest to Earth as it has
in 50,000 years
—will be at its brightest on the first of the month.

February 5: Snow Moon

2023's second full moon is, as always, a Snow Moon, the better to embody February's icy temperatures as well as its
typically heavy snowfall
. Why not bundle up and enjoy a moonlit walk, along with the annual elements?

February 21: Bright Line-Up

The brightest bodies in the sky—namely Jupiter, Venus, and the moon—form a straight line tonight, the moon's crescent phase furthering the spectacle.