Bruce McClure

Have you seen Mercury yet?

This is Mercury’s best evening showing for 2019, for the Northern Hemisphere. It’ll show itself at early evening – near the sunset point – from now until early March 2019. Southern Hemisphere? Click in and read more.

Year’s biggest supermoon on February 19

The full moon on February 19, 2019, presents the biggest supermoon of the year.

Sky chart of Venus and Saturn in conjunction

Watch for Venus and Saturn this weekend

Watch the great sky show before daybreak February 18, 2019, as the planets Venus and Saturn come to conjunction beneath Jupiter in the east before sunup.

Moon and Gemini February 15 and 16

The moon is waxing toward full and very bright, but the evening sky also has many bright stars. Look for the Gemini stars, Castor and Pollux, plus Procyon the Little Dog Star.

Moon near star Aldebaran on February 13

This evening – February 13, 2019 – use the moon to find Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus the Bull. Aldebaran is a reddish star and represents the Bull’s fiery eye. Also, watch for the tiny, misty, dipper-shaped Pleiades nearby.

February guide to the bright planets

In February, the 2 bright planets up before the sun are Venus (brighter) and Jupiter. Saturn is there, too, if you look closely. Mars shines in the evening sky all month. Starting in mid-February, look for Mercury low in the west as dusk gives way to darkness.

Sky chart of moon, Mars and Uranus

Moon, Mars, Uranus from February 9 to 11

As darkness falls on February 9, 10 and 11, let the crescent moon guide you to Mars. Then let Mars guide you to the very faint planet Uranus.

Watch for a young moon after sunset

These next several evenings – February 6, 7 and 8, 2019 – present a grand opportunity to go young moon hunting.

Zodiacal light: All you need to know

The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. This is a good time of year to see it in the evening, from the Northern Hemisphere. Southern Hemisphere, look before dawn!

Star-hop: Pegasus to Andromeda galaxy

The 4 stars of the Great Square of Pegasus are easy to find. Ready? Let’s star-hop!