Just sharing. I’m an astrologer by heart. 😀

Use the moon to verify that you’ve found Venus in late February 2012, as the thin lunar crescent passes close to Venus on the evenings of February 24 and 25 and26. Best yet, Mercury will be returning to the evening sky in this part of February, so you can draw an imaginary line from Jupiter through Venus to locate Mercury near the horizon about 45 to 75 minutes after sunset.



Even on a moonlit night, it’s pretty easy to see Jupiter’s four largest moons with a backyard telescope. In their outward order from Jupiter, these moons are Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. However, the positions of Jupiter’s moons – as seen from Earth – vary from night to night. Sometimes, a moon may be “missing” because it’s in front of or behind Jupiter. If you want to know which moon is which at a certain date and time, check out this handy almanac.

source: http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/visible-planets-tonight-mars-jupiter-venus-saturn-mercury