through: Amanda HollyNexstar Multimedia Cable
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – If you noticed a bright star in the eastern sky at dawn, you are not alone. This bright star is actually Venus, and it’s getting brighter and brighter every day. It’s actually visible for about 30 minutes after sunrise because it’s so bright.
The greatest brilliance, or the time when it is at its brightest, will occur on the morning of February 9. Venus will still be visible in the sky after that, although it will get a little darker each day.
Around the middle of the month – February 11 to February 16 – you can see Mars and Mercury rising just below Venus in the morning sky about 40 minutes before sunrise. Mars and Mercury won’t be as bright, but you should still be able to distinguish the three planets from other nearby stars.
You can also catch Jupiter in the evening just after sunset. However, Jupiter won’t be visible for very long, as it will dip below the horizon by the end of the month.
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