Southern Cross Stargazer for Feb. 9-15, 2014

 

Sunday

Three evening planets are visible. Mercury shimmers low in the southwest this weekend. During the week, it drifts near the setting sun, then will reappear in the east at dawn later this month. Bright Jupiter glows in the east to the right of the Gemini Twins. Mars rises in the east, in Virgo, about 11:15 p.m.

The Seven Sisters (Pleiades cluster) lead Taurus, Bull overhead. Aldebaran (Bull’s red eye) winks from the V-shaped Hyades cluster (Bull’s face.) Orion, Hunter strides toward the Zenith in pursuit of the Bull. Orion’s sword holds the Great Orion Nebula. Procyon, Little Dog, follows Orion. Sirius, a brilliant blue nearby star, sparkles in Orion’s Big Dog.

Mid-eve Leo, Lion crawls higher in the east. The Big Dipper rises in the northeast. Bright Capella guides Auriga, Charioteer, across the north. Canopus, in the ancient ship, radiates rainbow colors low in the south. Late evening, ruddy Arcturus, Herdsman, sparkles in the east-northeast beyond the Dipper’s handle. At Sadowski Park, Southern Cross Astros focused on the dim supernova in the M-82 galaxy above the Big Dipper.

Monday

The bright moon rises to the right of Jupiter in Gemini.

Friday

The Wolf Moon is full at 6:53 p.m and rises in the east beside the Lion They set in the west at dawn.

Saturday

Silver Saturn rises about 1:15 a.m. in Libra and leads huge Scorpius above the southeastern horizon. Bright Antares, red heart, beats in the Scorpion’s torso. By 6 a.m. Corvus, Crow flies into the southwest.

Copper-colored Mars lies 5 degrees above Spica, in Virgo, high in the south. Omega Centauri, a stunning star cluster, may be visible low in the south. Jupiter sets in the northwest about 5 a.m. The Big Dipper hangs in the north. Bright Arcturus sparkles overhead. Venus, Morning “star” becomes brightest by 6 a.m. 20 degrees above the southeastern horizon in Capricornus. A stunning sight this month!. The Sagittarian Teapot appears lower right of Venus.

Compiled by Barb Yager, Southern Cross Astronomical Society, 305-661-1375, scas.org

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