The Night Sky - February 2019
The days begin to lengthen through February as the Sun climbs northwards in the sky although darkness still falls quite early.
By 7pm the distinctive outline of Orion aproaches it's highest point on the meridian due south. Low to the south east the brilliant
white Sirius is the brightest star in the sky. To the south and two thirds of the way up during late evening are Gemini's bright twin
stars Castor and Pollux. With the aid of binoculars or a telescope reveals subtle differences as Castor appears pure white while Pollux
which lies slightly lower has a slight orange hint.
High Lights of the Month
- 9th (before dawn): Jupiter, Venus and Saturn
- 10th (evening): Mars above a waxing Moon
- 11-13th (evening): Mars skirts past Uranus
- 16th (just before dawn): Venus and Saturn close by
- 22nd (just after sunset): Mercury above the western horizon
- 28th (before dawn): Venus, Saturn,Jupiter and a waning crescent Moon
Information collated from Jodrell Bank and Astronomy Now magazine