Weymouth Astronomy

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.

The Night Sky

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