Weymouth Astronomy

The Planets - February 2019

Observing the planets can be extremely rewarding. Everyone remembers the first time they observed Saturn and it's rings or the gas giant Jupiter and it's Galillean Moons. Solar System

MercuryMercury

Mercury, the innermost planet passed through Superior conjunction (behind the Sun) at the end of January and will not become visible in the evening twilight until around the 12th of the month having a magnitude of -1.2.

VenusVenus

Venus begins February with a magnitude of -4.3. with its angular size reducing from 19 to 16 arc seconds during the month as it moves away from the Earth.

MarsMars

Venus begins February with a magnitude of -4.3. with its angular size reducing from 19 to 16 arc seconds during the month as it moves away from the Earth.

JupiterJupiter

Jupiter starts the month rising around 3:30 am. By the end of month it rises by 2:00 am so will be higher in the sky before dawn and currently lies in the southern part of Ophiuchus just above Scorpius.

SaturnSaturn

Saturn, shining with a magnitude of +0.6, rises one and a half hours before the Sun at the start of the month some 85 minutes after Venus.


Information collated from Jodrell Bank and Astronomy Now magazine