Weymouth Astronomy

The Night Sky - March 2019

The winter constellations still hold sway with Orion dominating in the southern skies and Gemini to his upper left (north east) and the blazing Sirius hanging low over the south east horizon. By mid month around 10pm the familiar 'backwards question mark' of Leo's sickle is easy to identify. While wheeling overhead is the constellation of Ursa Major packed with deep sky objects but most famous for the 7 stars which make the 'Plough' asterism.

The Night Sky

High Lights of the Month

  • 2nd (before dawn): Venus, Saturn and a thin crescent Moon
  • 12th (evening): A waxing Moon approaches the Pleiades and Hyades clusters
  • 16th (just before dawn): Jupiter and Saturn above the 'teapot' of Sagittarius
  • 26th - 31st (early evening): Mars approaches the Pleiades and Hyades open clusters
  • 29th (before dawn): Saturn just above the Moon

 

Information collated from Jodrell Bank and Astronomy Now magazine