A Beautiful Evening Moon, Queen Venus Kisses the Sea-King, and Groundhog Day Marks Mid-Winter!

The Moon and Planets 🌒

( The Moon, Venus and Neptune in the evening sky of January 28. A view from the free stargazing app Star Walk 2 for iOS and Android. )
( First quarter moon, half-illuminated on the western (right-hand) side. You can find the info about lunar phases in the ‘Sky Live’ section of the stargazing app Star Walk 2. )
( Venus sitting between Neptune and the golden star named Phi (φ) Aquarii (φ Aquarius). A view from the free stargazing app Star Walk 2 for iOS and Android. )
( Close approach of the Moon and Uranus in the evening sky of January 31. Find out how to locate Uranus and other planets with the free Star Walk 2 app for iOS and Android. )
( The internal structure of Uranus in the free version of astronomy app Solar Walk 2 for iOS and Android. )

Binocular Comet Update ☄️

( Track the movement of C/2017 T2 (PanSTARRS) across the sky with the free Star Walk 2 app for iOS and Android. )

Groundhog Day ⏰

Well — Sunday morning, February 2 is Groundhog Day! A cloudy day supposedly forecasts an early spring. But why does it fall on February 2 each year? That date is one of the four so-called cross-quarter days, which are the midpoints between the solstices and equinoxes. February 2 is midway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox, so we expect the weather to start being more spring-like and less winter-like, whatever the groundhog sees. On February 2, Roman Catholics celebrate Candlemas. In contemporary paganism, the day is called Imbolc, a traditional time for initiations. Astronomers don’t care too much if spring comes early — as long as the skies are clear. The Autumn cross-quarter day occurs at the end of October. I think you can guess which “holiday” that one is.

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