The Evening Sky for February/March, 2019:

The Planets:
The Evening sky is void of any of the planets except for fast moving Mercury, mostly in the evening twilight until early March. Jupiter is rising around 2 am now and is quite bright. Saturn and Venus rise around 4 and 5 am. This leaves Mars, by far, only a shadow of the brilliant spectacle of last summer of a magnitude of -2.4 then now down to a dim ruddy red high in the SW evening Sky now only at a magnitude of +1.08. Mars sets around 11 pm.

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Venus

Mars

Jupiter

Saturn
All Pictures Taken in My Heavenly Backyard with my Telescopes


The Stars
Other than the planets, this is the time of the year to turn our attention to the stars. The main attraction is the fuzzy grouping of bluish stars high in overhead at sunset known as the pleiades, or 'Seven Sisters'. This is a view I took in October. The Andromeda galaxy and Triangulum galaxy are high in the west at 7 pm. You can see these with a small telescope or binoculars. Dominating the evening sky is mighty Orion which is very high in the southern sky at 8 pm. There are several objects to view here including the famous 'Orion Nebula' and 'Horsehead Nebula' (picture forthcoming), not to mention the two very bright stars Betelgeuse (red) and Rigel (blue). As these stars rise in the east around 10 pm, they twinkle brightly often changing colors. Following Orion is his companion dogs, Canis Major and Canis Minor. Within the big dog is the star Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. The 'Crab Nebula', the remnants of a star that exploded can be seen through small telescopes overhead around midnight. High overhead by 11 pm in what looks like a dark area of the sky within in the constellation of Pegasus is actually loaded with billions of stars clustered in several galaxies. This is a long exposure of those galaxies in Pegasus. Also, high in the NW at 9pm is the The 'Silver Sliver' Galaxy (NGC 891) which appears dark, but with long exposure astrophotography shows yet another galaxy containing billions of stars. In the mid western sky at dark is the North America Nebula, a cluster of thousands of stars within the Milky Way somewhat in the shape of, well, North America. There are so many objects awaiting for us to view in a sky near you. (All the pictures were taken in my backyard.)

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The Pleiades

Andromeda Galaxy

Triangulum Galaxy

Orion Nebula

Crab Nebula

Galaxies in Pegasus

Silver Sliver Galaxy

North America Nebula
All Pictures Taken in My Heavenly Backyard with my Telescopes


Want to see more? ... Go to my Heavely Backyard Astronomy page: I will continue to add more images of the nighttime sky from my backyard and post on my astronomy page, My home page of Savannahpat.name and my Weather and Nature Facebook page along with any videos on my My You Tube Page ... All these pictures taken in my 'Heavenly' backyard.