In the Sky

Updated 12/17/2018

Moon: On March 29 the crescent moon will be within a few degrees of Saturn in the dawn sky.

Meteors: there is not a lot of meteor activity in February and March.

Mars: The planet will be disappointing through a scope in February and March, and it is fading but still remains our primary evening planet. In late March and early April the planet will slide very close to the Pleiades and should be a nice show.

Jupiter, Saturn and Venus: The three planets are morning objects in to February and March. In mid-March the three planets form a nice line through Sagittarius and Scorpio.

Comets: The excitement of the year as far as comets are concerned is 46P/Wirtanen. The comet is fading but still faintly visible in Ursa Major through February and March.

Asteroid  3 Juno glides through Orion throughout March.

Websites    Following are some of the CPO member’s favorite websites

NEW HORIZONS has passed Ultima Thule. Follow the progress  at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/index.html

JUNO is orbiting Jupiter! Follow the NASA link below for updates on the mission:

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html

It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling and, I might add, a character-building experience. Carl Sagan

The hottest planet is not the closest planet to the Sun. Even though Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, it is not actually the hottest. Mercury does not have any atmosphere meaning that this planet is only hot in the daytime when it is directly facing the Sun. At this stage temperatures can rise to 425°C but at night the planet’s temperature can drop down to a freezing -180°C. Venus is the hottest planet. Its thick clouds trap the Sun’s heat causing Venus to be a sizzling 500°C all of the time!

http://www.armaghplanet.com/blog/top-20-awesome-facts-about-space.html