Astrophotography in February 2024: what to shoot in the night sky this coming month

A selfie of the successful eclipse hunter observing the eclipse of the Moon, on the morning of November 19, 2021, having chased into clear skies to get the 97% partial lunar eclipse of Nov. 18/19, 2021 from Alberta.
The moon will pass close to the Pleiades open cluster this month. (Image credit: Getty Images)

With the bright stars of winter still shining in the south, February is a great time for capturing the Orion Nebula and open clusters in Gemini and Auriga. Jupiter retains its kingly position, dominating the evening night skies, but this month also sees a few more unusual opportunities for astrophotographers. The highlight is the moon’s apparent brush with the Pleiades open cluster, closely followed by a conjunction of Venus and Mars. Add the rise of the full ‘Snow Moon’ and February 2024 is sure to be the perfect month to venture into the night with a camera and tripod. 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.