Tag: sky watching

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:

Advertisements

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.

More about the morning planets:

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:

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

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.

More about the morning planets:

2019, February 9: Morning Star Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn

2019, February 9: Venus, Jupiter and Saturn shine in the pre-sunrise sky.

Brilliant Morning Star Venus shines from the southeast this morning.  Jupiter is over 17 degrees to the upper left of Venus.  Saturn, beginning to become easier to see is over 9 degrees to the lower left of Venus.

Venus is rapidly moving toward a conjunction with Saturn on February 18.  Watch Venus close the gap and get closer each morning.

More about the morning planets: