The Night Sky for the Week of 2-18-24

This week, there are some interesting things you can observe in the night sky. Canopus, which is the second-brightest star after Sirius, may be visible if you're below latitude 37° N and have a very flat south horizon. Algol should be at minimum light for about two hours centered on 8:21 p.m. EST. On Tuesday evening, the waxing gibbous Moon will shine close to Pollux. On Wednesday evening, the Big Dipper will be high in the northeast while Cassiopeia will be low in the northwest. Venus and Mars will be in conjunction on Thursday morning. The full Moon will be visible on Friday night. Lastly, you may want to try spotting Sirius B, the famous white dwarf, with a telescope and a homemade occulting bar.