When I pulled into my driveway last night I stepped out in the cold and noticed the bright moon to the east and then what appeared to be a bright star just below the moon. I didn’t realize it at the time but I was actually looking at the planet Jupiter below the moon. You will have another opportunity to see the bright planet tonight, that’s if the clouds permit. The planet Jupiter will be in conjunction with the Full Snow Moon of February. Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed the planet Venus shining brightly on the western horizon after sunset. The view has been incredible from Red Mountain on clear evenings. We actually broke out the telescope last weekend and you could see the planet Mercury just below Venus. I think this is probably my favorite time of the year for sky viewing, minus the cold. At-least in the colder season we don’t have the extreme humidity and hazy atmosphere. The full moon will rise this evening at 5:25 p.m.
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt