What’s Up in February: Plenty to see from fading comet to triple conjunction of planets

February 1, 2015 9:07 AM

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The month of February is named after Februa, which was the Roman festival of purification. We are now halfway through winter. That point is marked by Groundhog Day on the second of this month. Legend has it that if the groundhog sees its shadow, it will retreat back into its burrow and there will be six more weeks of winter. For us in Maine, there will be six more weeks of winter regardless of this artificial outcome.

There will be several interesting highlights that will be well worth making the effort to observe this month that will give you a much better sense of the dynamic and ever-changing nature of our solar system. These include Jupiter at its best, a slowly fading bright comet arcing through Perseus and ...

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