Sky Watch February 2019
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac
In February, the two bright planets up before the Sun are Venus (brighter) and Jupiter. Saturn is there, too.
The heavens offer a new alignment before dawn on the 1st: Low in the east, from highest to lowest, stand Jupiter, Venus, the Moon, and Saturn. On the 2nd, the order is Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, and the Moon. On the 18th and 19th, quite low at first light, Venus meets Saturn.
Mars is the only bright planet to shine in the night sky all month long as a brilliant 1st-magnitude star.
Just as darkness falls, bright orange Mars stands halfway up the southwestern sky. To Mars’ left, also in Pisces, Uranus dimly shines at magnitude 5.8, just visible to the naked eye in unpolluted skies early and again late in the month. It is easily identified as the only green “star” by those who sweep binoculars leftward from Mars.
See our February Sky Map for a free, printable star chart to navigate the night sky!