Astronomy

2019: February 27-March 3: Morning Star Venus, Jupiter, Saturn & Moon

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The morning sky during late February and early March 2019. Each morning is displayed for seven seconds then the series repeats.

The moon passes the morning planets during late February and early March 2019.  Step outside at about 1 hour before sunrise.  Check your local sunrise time.

Here are the highlights for these mornings:

  • February 27: One hour before sunrise, three bright planets span about 36° from east-southeast to south-southeast.  Brilliant Morning Star Venus is low in the east-southeast.  Find a clear horizon to see it.  Saturn, distinctly dimmer is 10° to the upper right of Venus.  Venus passed Saturn just five days ago.  Bright Jupiter is nearly 26° to the upper right of Saturn. The waning crescent moon (22.6d, 40%) is 2° to the upper right of Jupiter.

 

2019, February 28: Morning Star Venus, Saturn, Moon, and Jupiter arch across the southeastern morning sky. The moon as about midway between Jupiter and Saturn.

 

  • February 28: This morning Venus, Saturn, crescent moon (23.6d, 30%), Jupiter, and Antares are lined up across the sky from east-southeast to south-southeast..  The gaps to the solar system objects:  Venus – Saturn, 11°; Saturn – Moon, 15°; Moon – Jupiter, 11°.

 

2019, March 1: This morning the moon is moon is nearly 3 degrees to the upper right of Saturn, partly obscured by a cloud.

 

  • March 1:  Jupiter rises 4.5 hours before sunrise followed by the waning crescent moon (24.9 days old, 22% illuminated) about 90 minutes later.  Saturn follows the moon less than 20 minutes later.  Venus rises about 45 minutes after Saturn.  At 1 hour before sunrise, the three planets, with the moon 3° to the upper right of Saturn, span 38° from the east-southeast to south-southeast.

 

2019, March 1: This morning the crescent moon is over 4 degrees from Venus. Saturn and Jupiter appear to the upper right.

 

2019, March 1: A closer view of the moon and Venus.

 

  • March 2: This morning is another classic Venus – moon (25.8d, 15%) pairing, with the crescent 4.3° to the right of the brilliant Morning Star, that is nearly 9° up in the east-southeast 1 hour before sunrise.  Look for Earthshine, reflected sunlight from Earth gently illuminates the night portion of the moon.  Jupiter is 39° to the upper right of Venus and Saturn is 13° to the upper right of Venus.

 

  • March 3: At an hour before sunrise, the crescent moon (26.7d, 9%), about 4° up in the east-southeast, is about 7° to the lower left of Venus.

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