As the romantic stars align this month, look up in February for some spectacular night sky displays. 

Follow the path of Venus as the goddess of love waves farewell, making way for the Lunar New Year.

Here is what you could see in the sky in February. 

The Moon

Phases for February are as follows:

New Moon: February 9 (10.59pm)

First Quarter:  February 16 (3.01pm)

Full Moon: February 24 (12.30pm)

Celebrated across the world, the Lunar New Year on February 10 marks the night of the second new moon following the winter solstice.

As the moon moves between the Earth and the sun, nights around this time will be darker without the moonlight.  

On February 24, the second full moon of the year known as the Snow Moon will reach its peak and will be the first 'micromoon' of the year. 

The planets

If you're seeking an opportunity for some date-night star-gazing this Valentine's Day, now is the last time to spot Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

READ MORE: Stargazing breaks starting at £20 running at holiday park

Making its last appearance until the end of 2024, in mid-February Venus will be visible looking southeast above the horizon before the sun rises.

The Stars

For keen astrologers, pull out your telescope to find the Heart Nebula.

Shining 7,500 light years away within the constellation of Cassiopeia, this cluster of clouds, gas and dust can be seen to form a stellar heart shape in the sky.

NASA Satellite Launch

NASA's PACE satellite launches on February 6, with the plan to study the Earth's microscopic mysteries from space.

The multi-million dollar satellite will be joining the Earth's orbit, sitting above the International Space Station.


Observe the Lynx constellation in darker February skies, a bent line of stars sitting between Ursa Major and Gemini, it can be spotted directly overhead from 9pm to 10pm throughout February. 

Bode's galaxy, a 'grand design' spiral galaxy over 12 million light-years away, will reach its peak in the sky at midnight throughout February.