Category: Sky Watching

2019, March 12: Moon in Taurus

 

  • On March 12, at the end of evening twilight, look for the moon (6.4 days old, 35% illuminated) 5.5° to the lower right of Aldebaran (α Tau, m = 0.8), almost between the Hyades and the Pleiades. While the entire Hyades cluster may not fit into a binocular field with the lunar crescent, take a look with the lowest optical power in your inventory to see the nice view. At the same time Mars is 36° up in the west, about 12° below the Pleiades.
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2019: Winter Morning Planet Parade Album

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On a recent trip to a more southerly latitude, the morning planets presented themselves high in the sky.  This album shows them on the mornings of February 28, March 1, and March 2, 2019.  When travelling farther south, the southern stars and planets appear higher in the southern sky.

2019, March 4: Morning Star Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter

2019, March 4: Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter

Brilliant Morning Star Venus, now appearing low in the southeast, shines during morning twilight with Saturn and Jupiter.  The Venus-Saturn gap is 15 degrees.  Jupiter is farther toward the south, over 25 degrees to the upper right of Saturn.

More about the morning planets:

2019, February 25: Morning Star Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, and Moon

2019, February 25: The waxing gibbous moon appears in the south

The moon joins the morning display of planets.  The moon is slightly gibbous and reaches its last quarter this morning.  The Imbrium Basin, is at the top of the moon near the terminator, the day-night line.  Copernicus, the bright spot below Imbrium, is an impact crater.  The moon is near 27 degrees to the upper right of Jupiter.

2019, February 25: A morning planet parade with Jupiter, Saturn, and Morning Star Venus

The planets are farther east.  Brilliant Morning Star Venus is well past Saturn, about 7.5 degrees.  Venus continues moving away from Saturn and the RInged Wonder appears slightly higher in the sky each morning.

Jupiter is nearly 26 degrees to the upper right of Saturn.

Watch the moon move past the planets during the next several mornings.

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2019, February 22: Morning Star Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter

This morning Venus is about 4.4 degrees past Saturn. The conjunction was February 18. This morning’s photo has Saturn peeking through the trees. Jupiter is farther west, over 30 degrees from Venus.

More about the morning planets:

2019, February 21: Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter

2019, February 21: Venus is 3.4 degrees to the left of Saturn. Jupiter is in the south.

This morning, three days after the Venus-Saturn conjunction, the brilliant Morning Star Venus is 3.4 degrees to the left of Saturn. Watch the Venus-Saturn gap continue to grow during the next several mornings.  Jupiter is about 26 degrees to the upper right of Saturn.

More about the morning planets:

2019, February 15: Morning Star Venus Approaches Saturn

2019, February 15: Venus is 3.4 degrees to the upper right of Saturn and over 23 degrees to the lower left of Jupiter.

Brilliant Morning Star Venus shines from the southeast this morning.  It passes Saturn in three mornings (February 18).  This morning, Venus is 3.4 degrees to the upper right of Saturn.  Jupiter is over 23 degrees to the upper right of Venus.  Venus passed Jupiter about a month ago.

More about the morning planets: