What's in the Sky Tonight?

FEBRUARY 2019

Our Favorite Astronomical Binoculars


Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter

$60 range

February 2
The Moon and Saturn will appear close together in the eastern sky, about an hour and a half before sunrise.

February 4
New Moon This is the best time of the month to observe since there is no light pollution from the Moon.

February 10
The Moon and Mars will appear close together at dusk, just above the southwestern horizon.

February 19
Full Moon, Supermoon Early Native American tribes called this full moon the Full Snow Moon because the heaviest snows usually fell during this time of the year. This is the second of three supermoons in 2019, when the Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and therefore will look slightly larger and brighter than usual.

February 27
The Moon and Jupiter will appear close together in the early dawn sky. Look in the east 5 hours before sunrise.

Video Tour of the Night Sky
February 2019

Venus will shine low in the western sky after sunset, then quickly disappear. Jupiter, not far from Venus in the southwestern sky, moves lower as the month progresses. With a pair of binoculars, you can see the four Galilean moons of Jupiter.

ASTRONOMY BINOCULARS
A mini telescope you can take anywhere

If you love sky gazing, you have to have a pair of astronomy binoculars! Binoculars are a fantastic alternative to telescopes—inexpensive, lightweight, and portable. For city dwellers where there is a lot of light pollution, binoculars are essential if you want to see much of anything.

Binoculars enlarge and brighten the beauty and immensity of the night sky. You can see the detail of the moon's craters, the phases of Venus, the moons and stripes of Jupiter, the awesome jewels that dot the Milky Way, nebulae, star clusters, and comets when they're passing near.

Our favorite astonomy binoculars is the Celestron SkGiyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars. These are excellent as well:



ANOTHER GREAT ASTRONOMICAL TOOL:

THE PLANISPHERE
A year-round, real-time sky map

planisphere star locator mapA planisphere is a rotating star chart that allows you to dial in the entire visible sky for any day and time of the year and with great precision. It has been called an analog star computer and was considered magical in ancient times.

Planispheres show the brightest stars, constellations, notable galaxies and nebulae, as well as the path of the Milky Way. The plane of the ecliptic is also shown, which reveals the pathway of the planets as they appear to move across the night sky.

Purchase a planisphere for $7.95