Night Sky Guide July 2014

Night sky guide July 2014 will have you hunting for elliptical galaxies.

Visual guide from Hubble

Monthly Sky Challenge

Tuesday 1 July
M32 (NGC 221) is an elliptical galaxy (E2) found in the constellation of Andromeda with a magnitude of +8.10. This binocular object does not rise or set this month.

Wednesday 2 July
M49 (NGC 4472) is an elliptical galaxy (E2) found in the constellation of Virgo. It has a magnitude of +8.39 and requires binoculars to observe it.  It rises at 1230BST (1130UT) and sets at 0150BST (0050UT).

Thursday 3 July
M59 (NGC 4621) is an elliptical galaxy (E5) in the constellation of Virgo. At magnitude +9.60 you’ll need binoculars or a small telescope to observe it.  It rises at 1200BST (1100UT) and sets at 0219BST (0119UT).

Friday 4 July
M60,  (NGC 4649) is an elliptical galaxy (E2) in the constellation of Virgo.  At magnitude +8.80 you’ll need binoculars or a small telescope to observe it.  M60 rises at 1158BST (1058UT) and sets at 0217BST (0117UT).

Saturday 5 July
M86,  (NGC 4406) is an elliptical galaxy (E3) in the constellation of Virgo.  At magnitude +8.89 you’ll need binoculars or a small telescope to observe.  M86 rises at 1128BST (1028UT) and sets at 0204BSt (0104BST).
First quarter Moon.

Sunday 6 July
M84 (NGC 4374) is an elliptical galaxy (E1) in the constellation of Virgo.  At magnitude +9.10 you’ll need binoculars or a small telescope to observe it.  M84 rises at1124BST (1024UT) and sets at 0158BST (0058UT).

Monday 7 July
M87 (NGC 4486) is an elliptical galaxy (E2/P) in the constellation of Virgo.  At magnitude +8.60 you’ll need binoculars or a small telescope to observe it.  M87 rises at 1128BST (1028UT) and sets at 0157BST (0057UT).

Tuesday 8 July
M105 (NGC 3379) is an elliptical galaxy (E1) in the constellation of Leo with a magnitude of +9.30.  Binoculars or a small telescope are required to observe this object.  It rises at 0941BST (0841UT) and sets at 0012BST (2312UT).

Wednesday 9 July
M110 (NGC 205) is an elliptical galaxy (E5) in the constellation of Andromeda with a magnitude of +8.10.  Binoculars or a small telescope will be needed to observe.  M110 does not rise or set.

Thursday 10 July
C17 (NGC 147) is an elliptical galaxy (E5/P) in the constellation of Cassiopeia with a magnitude of +9.50. To observe C17  you’ll need either a pair of binoculars or a small telescope, it does not rise or set.

Friday 11 July
C18 (NGC 185) is an elliptical galaxy (E3) in the constellation of Cassiopeia with a magnitude of +9.19. Binoculars or a small telescope are needed to observers C18.  It does not rise or set.

Saturday 12 July
C35 (NGC 4889) is an elliptical galaxy (E3) in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +11.50. This binocular/telescope object rises at 0940BST (0840UT) and sets at 0404BST (0304UT).
Full Moon.

Sunday 13 July
C52 (NGC 4697) is an elliptical galaxy (E6) in the constellation of Virgo with a magnitude of +9.19.  Binoculars or a small telescope are needed to observe C52. It rises at 1304BST (1204UT) and sets at 0010BST (2310UT).

Monday 14 July
Draco Dwarf Galaxy  (UGC 10822) is an elliptical galaxy (E) in the constellation of Draco with a magnitude of +11.76. A telescope will be needed to observe this object.  The Draco Dwarf Galaxy does not rise or set.

Tuesday 15 July
NGC 4473 is an elliptical galaxy (E5) in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +10.19.  This small telescope object rises at 1050BST (0950UT) and sets at 0131BST (0031UT).

Wednesday 16 July
NGC 404 is an elliptical galaxy (E-SO) in the constellation of Andromeda with a magnitude of +10.30.  This small telescope object does not rise or set.

Thursday 17 July
Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy is an elliptical galaxy (E-SO) in the constellation of Sagittarius with a magnitude of +4.50.  This binocular object rises at 2151BST (20518UT) and sets at 0302BST (0202UT).

Friday 18 July
IC 1101 is an elliptical galaxy (E-SO) in the constellation of Virgo with a magnitude of +13.69.  This small telescope object rises at 1403BST (1303UT) and sets at 0315BST (0215UT).

Saturday 19 July
Maffei 1 is an elliptical galaxy (E-SO) in the constellation of Cassiopeia with a magnitude of +13.47.  This small telescope object does not rise or set.
Last quarter Moon.

Sunday 20 July
NGC 5 is an elliptical galaxy (E4) in the constellation of Andromeda with a magnitude of +13.30.  This small telescope object rises at 1754BST (1654UT) and sets at 1659BST (1559UT).

Monday 21 July
IC 1011 is an elliptical galaxy  in the constellation of Virgo with a magnitude of +13.69.  This small telescope object rises at 1331BST (1231UT) and sets at 0151BST (0051UT).

Tuesday 22 July
NGC 67 is an elliptical galaxy (E3) in the constellation of Andromeda with a magnitude of +14.19.  This  telescope object rises at 1959BST (1859UT) and sets at 1507BST (1407UT).

Wednesday 23 July
NGC 3226 is an elliptical galaxy (E2) in the constellation of Leo with a magnitude of +11.39.  This small telescope object rises at 0729BST (0629UT) and sets at 2332BST (2232UT) .

Thursday 24 July
NGC 68 is an elliptical galaxy (E-SO) in the constellation of Andromeda with a magnitude of +12.89.  This telescope object rises at 1944BST (1844UT) and sets at 1459BST (1359UT).

Friday 25 July
NGC 3377 is an elliptical galaxy (E5) in the constellation of Leo with a magnitude of +10.39.  This telescope object rises at 0825BST (0725UT) and sets at 2309BST (2209UT).

Saturday 26 July
NGC 4121 is an elliptical galaxy (E6/P) in the constellation of Draco with a magnitude of +11.60.  This small telescope object does not rise or set.
New Moon.

Sunday 27 July
NGC 4261 is an elliptical galaxy (E2) in the constellation of Virgo with a magnitude of +10.39.  This binocular/small telescope object rises at 1036BST (0936UT) and sets at 2345BST (2245UT).

Monday 28 July
NGC 4121 is an elliptical galaxy (E0) in the constellation of Draco with a magnitude of +13.50.  This small telescope object does not rise or set.

Tuesday 29 July
NGC 4308 is an elliptical galaxy (E1) in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +13.39.  This small telescope object rises at 0731BST (0631UT) and sets at 0243BST (0143UT).

Wednesday 30 July
NGC 4627 is an elliptical galaxy (E4/P) in the constellation of Canes Venatici with a magnitude of +12.39. This  telescope object rises at 0712BST (0612UT) and sets at 0335BST (0235UT).

Thursday 31 July
NGC 4555 is an elliptical galaxy in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +12.39. This telescope object rises at 0816BST (0716UT) and sets at 0211BST (0111UT).

July 2014 planets – where to find them

July 2014 planets – How to find them, along with some interesting dwarf planets and asteroids.

Visual guide from Hubble

Planets

Mercury imaged by Mariner 10 Mercury – At the beginning of July, the planet can be found in the constellation of Taurus at a magnitude of +2.2. It rises at 0416BST (0316UT) and sets at 2005BST (1905UT). By the end of the month Mercury has moved into the constellation of Cancer at a magnitude of -1.5. It will rise around 0421BST (0321UT) and set at 2008BST (1908UT).
Venus Cloud TopsSource: Hubblesite.org Venus – Is found in the constellation of Taurus with a magnitude of -3.9. It rises at 0259BST (0159UT) and sets at 1914BST (1814UT). By the end of the month Venus has moved into the constellation of Gemini at a magnitude of -3.9. It rises at 0320BST (0220UT) and sets at 2006BST (1906UT).
Mars Dust Storm Brews in Hellas Basin and Northern Polar CapSource: Hubblesite.org Mars – Spends the whole month in the constellation of Virgo. At the beginning of July it is at magnitude +0.0, rising at 1420BST (1320UT) and setting at 0104BST (0004UT). By the end of the month Mars is at magnitude +0.4, rising at 1349BST (1249UT) and setting at 2324BST (2224UT).
JupiterSource: Hubblesite.org Jupiter – Starts July in the constellation of Gemini at magnitude -1.8. It rises at 0617BST (0516UT) and sets at 2240BST (2140UT). By the end of the July it’s still at magnitude -1.8, rising at 0457BST (0357UT) and setting at 2100BST (2000UT).
Saturn -- October 1997Source: Hubblesite.org Saturn – Is in the constellation of Libra all month. At the beginning of July it is at magnitude of +0.4, rising at 1653BST (1553UT) and setting at 0217BST (0117UT). By the end of the month it is at magnitude +0.5, rising at 1455BST (1355UT) and setting at 0018BST (2318UT).
Uranus 2003Source: Hubblesite.org Uranus – Spends the month in the constellation of Pisces at a magnitude of +5.8. At the beginning of July it rises at 0101BST (0001UT) and sets at 1411BST (1311UT). By the end of the month it rises at 2300BST (2200UT) and sets at 1213BST (1113UT).
Neptune - Natural Colour with SatellitesSource: Hubblesite.org Neptune – Is in the constellation of Aquarius during July. It rises at 0002BST (2302UT) and sets at 1024BST (0924UT) with a magnitude of +7.9. By the end of the month it rises at 2159BST (2059UT) and sets at 0822BST (0722UT).

 

Dwarf Planets

Pluto – Is in the constellation of Sagittarius all month at magnitude +14.1. At the start of July it rises at 2121BST (2021UT) and sets at 0531BST (0431UT). By the end of the month Pluto rises at 1921BST (1821UT) and setting at 0330BST (0230UT).

Ceres – Is in the constellation of Virgo during July. It starts the month at magnitude +8.4, rising at 1406BST (1306UT) ans sets at 0203BST (0103UT). By the end of July Ceres is at magnitude +8.7, rising at 1255BST (1155UT) and sets at 0002BST (2302UT).

Pallas – Can be found in the constellation of Leo at the beginning of July it is at magnitude +9.3, rising at 1025BST (0925UT) and sets at 0114BST (0014UT). By the end of the month Pallas is at magnitude +9.5, rising at 0926BST (0826UT) and setting at 2347BST (2247UT).

Juno – Is in the the constellation of Taurus with a magnitude of +9.7 at the beginning of July.  It rises at 0345BST (0245UT) and sets at 1825BST (1725UT).  By the end of July Juno can be found in the constellation of Orion. It rises at 0254BST (0154UT) and sets at 1738BST (1638UT).  For the month of July Juno is below the horizon for UK observers.

Vesta – Is in the the constellation of Virgo during July. At the beginning of the month it is at magnitude +7.1, rising at 1405BST (1305UT) and sets at 0201BST (0101UT). At the end of July Vesta is at magnitude +7.4, rising at 1307BST (1207UT) and setting at 0006BST (2306UT).

June 2014 Planets – where to find them

June 2014 planets – How to find them, along with some interesting dwarf planets and asteroids.

Visual guide from Hubble

Planets

Mercury imaged by Mariner 10 Mercury – At the beginning of June, the planet can be found in the constellation of Gemini at a magintude of -1.4. In the northern lattitudes it is below the horizon. By the end of the month Mercury has moved into the constellation of Taurus at a magnitude of +2.4. It will rise around 0421BST (0321UT) and set at 2008BST (1908UT).
Venus Cloud TopsSource: Hubblesite.org Venus – Is found in the constellation of Aries with a magnitude of -4.0. It rises at 0337BST (0237UT) and sets at 1748BST (1648UT). By the end of the month Venus has moved into the constellation of Taurus at a magnitude of -3.9. By the end of the month Venus is below the horizon to observers in the UK.
Mars Dust Storm Brews in Hellas Basin and Northern Polar CapSource: Hubblesite.org Mars – Spends the whole month in the constellation of Virgo. At the beginning of June it is at magnitude -0.5, rising at 1525BST (1425UT) and setting at 0255BST (0155UT). By the end of the month Mars is at magnitude -0.0, rising at 1422BST (1322UT) and setting at 0108BST (0008UT).
JupiterSource: Hubblesite.org Jupiter – Spends the whole of June in the constellation of Gemini. At the beginning of the month Jupiter is at magnitude -1.9, rising at 0441BST (0341UT) and setting at 0023BST (2323UT). By the end of the June it’s at magnitude -1.8, rising at 0620BST (0520UT) and setting at 2244BST (2144UT).
Saturn -- October 1997Source: Hubblesite.org Saturn – Is in the constellation of Libra all month. At the beginning of June it is at magnitude of +0.2, rising at 1859BST (1759UT) and setting at 0419BST (0349UT). By the end of the month it is at magnitude +0.4, rising at 1657BST (1557UT) and setting at 0221BST (0121UT).
Uranus 2003Source: Hubblesite.org Uranus – Spends the month in the constellation of of Pisces. At the beginning of June it is at magnitude +5.9, rises at 0258BST (0158UT) and sets at 1604BST (1504UT). By the end of the month it is at magnitude +5.8, rises at 0105BST (0005UT) and sets at 1415BST (1315UT). It’s below the horizon for UK observers.
Neptune - Natural Colour with SatellitesSource: Hubblesite.org Neptune – Is in the constellation of Aquarius during June at magnitude +7.9. It rises at 0200BST (0100UT) and sets at BST (1322UT) during the beginning of May. By the end of the month it rises at 0006BST (2306UT) and sets at 1027BST (0927UT). Its below the horizon for UK observers.

 

Dwarf Planets

Pluto – Is in the constellation of Sagittarius all month at magnitude +14.1. At the start of June it rises at 2322BST (2222UT) and sets at 0733BST (0633UT). By the end of the month Pluto rises at 2125BST (2025UT) and setting at 0535BST (0435UT).

Ceres – Is in the constellation of Virgo during June. It starts the month at magnitude +7.9, rising at 1539BST (1439UT) ans sets at 0414BST (0314UT). By the end of June Ceres is at magnitude +8.4, rising at 1409BST (1309UT) and sets at 0207BST (0107UT).

Pallas – Can be found in the constellation of Leo during the month. At the beginning of June it is at magnitude +8.9, rising at 1137BST (1037UT) and sets at 0230BST (0130UT). By the end of the month Pallas is at magnitude +9.3, rising at 1027BST (0927UT) and setting at 0116BST (0016UT).

Juno – Is in the the constellation of Aries with a magnitude of +9.7. At the beginning of June it rises at 0446BST (0336UT) and sets at 1900BST (1800UT). By the end of June Juno can be found in the constellation of Taurus. It rises at 0346BST (0246UT) and sets at 1827BST (1727UT).  For the month of June Juno is below the horizon for UK observers.

Vesta – Is in the the constellation of Virgo during June. At the beginning of the month it is at magnitude +6.6, rising at 1529BST (1429UT) and sets at 0408BST (0308UT). At the end of June Vesta is at magnitude +7.1, rising at 1407BST (1307UT) and setting at 0205BST (0105UT).

Night Sky Guide June 2014

Night sky guide June 2014 will have you hunting for spiral galaxies.

Visual guide from Hubble

Monthly Sky Challenge

Sunday 1 June
M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy (NGC 5914) is a spiral galaxy found in the constellation of Canes Venatici with a magnitude of +8.39. This binocular object does not rise or set this month.

Monday 2 June
M98 (NGC 4192) is a spiral galaxy found in the constellation of Coma Berenices. It has a magnitude of +10.10 and requires binoculars or a small telescope to observe it.  It rises at 1314BST (1214UT) and sets at 0413BST (0313UT).

Tuesday 3 June
M66 (NGC 3627) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Leo. At magnitude +8.89 you’ll need binoculars to observe it.  It rises at 1228BST (1128UT) and sets at 0304BST (0204UT).

Wednesday 4 June
M104, the Sombrero Galaxy (NGC 4594) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Virgo.  At magnitude +8.00 you’ll need binoculars or a small telescope to observe it.  M104 rises at 1602BST (1502UT) and sets at 0201BST (0101UT).
First quarter Moon.

Thursday 5 June
M31, the Andromeda Galaxy (NGC 224) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Andromeda.  At magnitude +3.40 you may be able to spot it with the naked eye as a slight smudge, if you have very little light pollution. Binoculars or a small telescope will also reveal more of the detail.  M31 does not rise or set this month.

Friday 6 June
M106 (NGC 4258) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Canes Venatici.  At magnitude +8.39 you’ll need binoculars to observe it.  M106 does not rise or set this month.

Saturday 7 June
M81 (NGC 3031) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major.  At magnitude +6.90 you’ll need binoculars to observe it.  M81 doesn’t rise or set.

Sunday 8 June
NGC 4565A is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +13.39.  This telescope object rises at 1150BST (1050UT) and sets at 0533BST (0433UT).

Monday 9 June
M90 (NGC 4569) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Virgo with a magnitude of +9.50.  Binoculars or a small telescope will be needed to observe.  M90 rises at 1320BST (1220UT) and sets at 0358BST (0258UT).

Tuesday 10 June
M58 (NGC 4579) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Virgo with a magnitude of +9.69. To observe M58 you’ll need either a pair of binoculars or a small telescope.  M58 rises at 1325BST (1225UT) and sets at 0347BST (0247UT).

Wednesday 11 June
M108 (NGC 3556) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major with a magnitude of +10.00. This binocular/small telescope object does not rise or set.

Thursday 12 June
M91 (NGC4548) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +10.19. This binocular/telescope object rises at 1258BST (1158UT) and sets at 0353BST (0253UT)

Friday 13 June
M82 (NGC 3034) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major with a magnitude of +8.39.  This binocular/small telescope object does not rise or set.
Full Moon.

Saturday 14 June
M99, the Coma Pinwheel Galaxy (NGC 4254) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +9.89. This binocular/small telescope object rises at 1234BST (1134UT) and sets at 0328 (0228UT).

Sunday 15 June
M61 (NGC 4303) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Virgo with a magnitude of +9.69.  This binocular/small telescope object rises at 1331BST (1231UT) and sets at 0229BST (0129UT).

Monday 16 June
M94 (NGC 4736) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Canes Venatici with a magnitude of +8.19.  This binocular/small telescope object does not rise or set.

Tuesday 17 June
M100 (NGC 4321) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +9.39.  This binocular/small telescope object rises at 1218BST (1118UT) and sets at 0329BST (0229UT).

Wednesday 18 June
M83 (NGC 5236) isa spiral galaxy in the constellation of Hydra with a magnitude of +7.50. This binocular object rises at 1822BST (1722UT) and sets at 2341BST (2241UT).

Thursday 19 June
M109 (NGC 3992) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major with a magnitude of +9.80.  This binocular/small telescope object does not rise or set.
Last quarter Moon.

Friday 20 June
M63, the Sunflower Galaxy (NGC 5055) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Canes Venatici with a magnitude of+8.60.  This binocular/small telescope object does not rise or set.

Saturday 21 June
M95 (NGC 3351) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Leo with a magnitude of +9.69.  This binocular/small telescope object rises at 1049BST (0949UT) and sets at 0109BST (0009UT).

Sunday 22 June
Caldwell 3 (NGC4236) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Draco with a magnitude of +9.60.  This binocular/small telescope object does not rise or set.

Monday 23 June
M85 (NGC 4382) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +9.10.  This binocular/small telescope object rises at 1141BST (1041UT) and sets at 0324BST (0224UT) .

Tuesday 24 June
M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy (NGC 5457) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major with a magnitude of +7.90.  This binocular object does not rise or set.

Wednesday 25 June
M64, the Black Eye Galaxy (NGC 4826) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +8.50.  This binocular/small telescope object rises at 1139BST (1039UT) and sets at 0412BST (0312UT).

Thursday 26 June
Caldwell 5 (IC 342) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Camelopardalis with a magnitude of +8.39.  This binocular/small telescope object does not rise or set.

Friday 27 June
M88 (NGC 3368) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +9.60.  This binocular/small telescope object rises at 1156BST (1056UT) and sets at 0250BST (0150UT).
New Moon.

Saturday 28 June
M96 (NGC 3368) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Leo with a magnitude of +9.30.  This binocular/small telescope object rises at 1023BST (0933UT) and sets at 0045BST (2345UT).

Sunday 29 June
M102, the Spindle Galaxy (NGC 5866) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Draco with a magnitude of +9.89.  This binocular/small telescope object does not rise or set.

Monday 30 June
M65 (NGC 3623) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Leo with a magnitude of +9.30. This binocular/small telescope object rises at 1040BST (0940UT) and sets at 0117BST (0017UT).

Night Sky Guide May 2014

Night sky guide May 2014 includes some easy objects such as double stars and some more challenging globular clusters.

Visual guide from Hubble

Monthly Sky Challenge

Thursday 1 May
Hercules Cluster (M13, NGC 6205) is a globular cluster in the constellation of Hercules with a magnitude of +5.78. This binocular object does not rise or set this month.

Friday 2 May
Cor Caroli (Alpha1 Canum Venaticorum) is a double star in the constellation of Canes Venatici. It has magnitudes of +5.48 and +2.77 and it does not rise or set this month.

Satday 3 May
Intergalatic Wanderer (C25, NGC 2419) is a globular cluster in the constellation of Lynx with a magnitude +10.40. It does not rise or set.

Sunday 4 May
Almach (Gamma1 Andromeda) is a double star in the constellation of Andromeda with magnitudes of +2.17 and +4.75. Almach doesn’t rise or set.

Monday 5 May
Messier 3 (NGC 5272) is a globular cluster in the constellation of Canes Venatici with a magnitude of +6.19. This binocular object rises at 1445BST (1345UT) and sets at 0918BST (0818UT).

Tuesday 6 May
Procyon (Alpha Canis Minoris) is a double star in the constellation of Canis Minor with magnitudes of +0.40 and +10.80. Procyon rises at 1122BST (1022UT) and sets at 0029BST (1129UT).

Wednesday 7 May
Messier 10 (NGC 624) is a globular cluster in the constellation of Ophiuchus with a magnitude of +6.59. This binocular object rises at 2126BST (2021UT) and sets at 0851BST (0751UT).

The first quarter Moon.

Thursday 8 May
Algorab (Delta Corvi) is a double star in the constellation of Corvus with magnitudes of +2.97 and +8.49. Algorab rises at 1808BST (1708UT) and sets at 0347BST (0247UT).

Friday 9 May
Messier 53 (NGC 5024) is a globular cluster in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +7.61. This binocular object rises at 1525BST (1425UT) and sets at 0708BST (0608UT).

Saturday 10 May
Castor (Alhpa Geminorum) is a double star in the constellation of Gemini with magnitudes of +1.58 and +2.48. Castor rises at 0734BST (0634UT) and sets at 0337BST (0237UT).

Sunday 11 May
Messier 5 (NGC 5904) is a globular cluster in the constellation of Serpens with a magnitude of +5.65. This binocular object rises at 1858BST (1758UT) and sets at 0730BST (0630UT).

Monday 12 May
Regulus (Alpha leonis) is a double star in the constellation of Leo with magnitudes of +1.40 and +8.18. Regulus rises at 1249BST (1149UT) and sets at 0313BST (0213UT).

Tuesday 13 May
Messier 12 (NGC 6218) is a globular cluster in the constellation of Ophiuchus with a magnitude of +6.69. This binocular object rises at 2041BST (2041UT) and sets at 0829BST (0729UT).

Wednesday 14 May
Mizar (Zeta Ursae Majoris) is a double star in the constellation of Ursa Major with magnitudes of +3.85 and +2.18. Mizar does not rise or set.
Full Moon.

Thursday 15 May
Messier 56 (NGC 6779) is a globular cluster in the constellation of Lyra with a magnitude of +8.27. To view Messier 56 binoculars or a small telescope are required. It rises at 1917BST (1817UT) and sets at 1434BST (1334UT).

Friday 16 May
Arrakis (Mu Draconis) is a double star in the constellation of Draco with magnitudes of +5.63 and +5.63. Arrakis does not rise or set.

Saturday 17 May
NGC 5053 is a globular cluster in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +9.47. Binoculars or a small telescope are needed to view this cluster which rises at 1501BST (1401UT) and sets at 0637BST 0537UT).

Sunday 18 May
Rasalgethi (Alpha2 Herculis) is a double star in the constellation of Hercules with magnitudes of +5.32 and +3.43. Rasalgethi rises at 1915BST (1815UT) and sets at 1009BST (0909UT).

Monday 19 May
Messier 92 (NGC 6341) is a globular cluster in the constellation of Hercules with a magnitude of +6.44. This binocular object does not rise or set.

Tuesday 20 May
Polaris (Alpha Ursae Minoris) is a double star in the constellation of Ursa Minor with magnitudes of +2.00 and +9.00. Polaris does not rise or set.

Wednesday 21 May
Caldwell 66 (NGC 5694) is a globular cluster in the constellation of Hydra with a magnitude of +10.17. Large binoculars (20 x 80) or a small telescope will allow observation. Caldwell 66 rises at 2041BST (1941UT) and sets at 0311BST (0211UT).

Last quarter Moon.

Thursday 22 May
Albireo (Beta1 Cygni) is a double star in the constellation of Cygnus with a magnitude of +3.07. Albireo rises at 1929BST (1829UT) and sets at 1355BST (1255UT).

Friday 23 May
NGC 6229 is a globular cluster in the constellation of Hercules with a magnitude of +9.39. Large binoculars (20×80) or a small telescope are needed to observe the cluster which does not rise or set.

Saturday 24 May
Porrima (Gamma Virginus) is a double star in the constellation of Virgo with magnitudes of +3.50 and +3.40. Porrima rises at 1550BST (1450UT) and sets at 0343BST (0243UT).

Sunday 25 May
Messier 68 (NGC 4590) is a globular cluster in the constellation of Hydra with a magnitude of +7.81. Binoculars are needed to observe the cluster with rises at 1828BST (1728UT) and sets at 0053BST (1153UT).

Monday 26 May
Sheliak (Beta Lyrae) is a double star in the constellation of Lyra with magnitudes of +3.51 and +8.72. Sheliak rises at 1718BST (1617UT) and sets at 1414BST (1314UT).

Tuesday 27 May
IC 1276 is a globular cluster in the constellation of Serpens with a magnitude of +10.37. Large binoculars (20×80) or a small telescope are needed to view the cluster which rises at 2138BST (2038UT) and sets at 0828BST (0728UT).

Wednesday 28 May
Achird (Eta Cassiopeia) is a double star in the constellation of Cassiopeia with magnitudes of +7.51 and +3.44. Achird does not rise or set.

New Moon.

Thursday 29 May
NGC 6539 is a globular cluster in the constellation of Serpens with a magnitude of +9.32. Large binoculars (20×80) or a small telescope are needed to observe the cluster which rises atv2126BST (2026UT) and sets at 0812BST (0712UT).

Friday 30 May
Izar (Epsilon Bootis) is a double star in the constellation of Bootes with magnitudes of +4.65 and +2.26. Izar rises at 1423BST (1323UT) and sets at 0829BST (0729UT).

Saturday 31 May
Palomar 2 is a globular cluster in the constellation of Auriga with a magnitude of +13.03. A telesope is required to view this cluster which rises at 0330 BST (0230UT) and sets at 2316BST (2216UT).

May 2014 Meteor Showers

Meteor Showers and Comets

May 2014 meteor showers are listed below.

Eta Aquariids – Is a major (class 1) shower with approximately 70 meteors per hour which peaks on 6 May at 0817BST (0718UT). The parent comet is 1P/Halley (Halley’s Comet). This meteor shower is mainly a southern hemisphere shower, though it can be observed before dawn in the northern hemisphere. The outlook for the Eta Aquariids shower is expected to be quite good

Eta Lyrids – Is a minor (class 2) shower with approximately 3 meteor per hour which peaks on 8 May at 2217BST (2117UT). The parent comet for this shower is C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock). The outlook for this meteor shower this year is expected to be poor. The Moon will be 8 days old (58% full) so make it a challenge to spot these faint meteors.

Comet 3D/Biela – Can be found in the constellation of Aries at the beginning of May. It rises at 0554BST (0454UT), sets at 2150BST (2050UT) and is at a magnitude of +8.8. By the end of the month the comet moves into the constellation of Taurus. It rises at 0433BST (0333UT), sets at 2114BST (2014UT) and will be at magnitude +8.8.

Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke – Can be found in the constellation of Lynx at a magnitude of +19.5. At the beginningo of the month it does not rise or set. By the end of May it rises at 0710BST (0610UT), sets at 0422BST (0322UT) and is at magnitude +19.1.

Comet 32P/Comas Sola – Can be found in the constellation of Aries at a magnitude of +17.1 at the beginning of the month. It rises at 0558BST (0458UT) and sets at 2105BST (2005UT). At the end of May it has moved into the constellation of Taurus. It rises at 0427BST (0327UT) and sets at 2038BST (1938UT) at a magnitude of +16.5.

Comet 46P/Wirtanen – Can be found in the constellation of Virgo during May. At the beginning of the month it is at magnitude +18.2, rises at 1819BST (1719UT) and sets at 0650BST (0550UT). By the end of the month it rises at 1601BST (1501UT) and sets at 0430BST (0330UT) and is at magnitude +18.9

May 2014 Planets – Where to find them

May 2014 planets – How to find them, along with some interesting dwarf planets and asteroids.

Visual guide from Hubble

Planets

Mercury imaged by Mariner 10 Mercury – At the beginning of May, the planet can be found in the constellation of Aries at a magintude of -1.7. In the northern lattitudes it rises around 0546BST (0446UT) and sets at 2139BST (2039UT). By the end of the month Mercury has moved into the constellation of Gemini at a magnitude of +1.3. It will rise around 0602BST (0502UT) and set at 2320BST (2220UT).
Venus Cloud TopsSource: Hubblesite.org Venus – Is found in the constellation of Pisces with a magnitude of -4.1. It rises at 0457BST (0357UT) and sets at 1624BST (1524UT). By the end of the month Venus has moved into the constellation of Aries at a magnitude of -4.0. By the end of the month Venus rises at 0339BST (0239UT) and sets at 1747BST (1647UT).
Mars Dust Storm Brews in Hellas Basin and Northern Polar CapSource: Hubblesite.org Mars – Spends the whole month in the constellation of Virgo. At the beginning of May it is at magnitude -1.2, rising at 1730BST (1630UT) and setting at 0507BST (0407UT). By the end of the month Mars is at magnitude -0.5, rising at 1528BST (1428UT) and setting at 0259BST (0159UT).
JupiterSource: Hubblesite.org Jupiter – Spends the whole of May in the constellation of Gemini. At the beginning of the month Jupiter is at magnitude -2.0, rising at 0914BST (0814UT) and setting at 0207UT (0107UT). By the end of the May it’s at magnitude -1.9, rising at 0744BST (0644UT) and setting at 0027UT (2327UT).
Saturn -- October 1997Source: Hubblesite.org Saturn – Is in the constellation of Libra all month. At the beginning of May it is at magnitude of +0.1, rising at 2113BST (2013UT) and setting at 0626BST (0526UT). By the end of the month it is at magnitude +0.2, rising at 1903BST (1803UT) and setting at 0423BST (0323UT).
Uranus 2003Source: Hubblesite.org Uranus – Spends the month in the constellation of of Pisces at magnitude +5.9. At the beginning of May it rises at 0457BST (0357UT) and sets at 1758BST (1658UT). By the end of the month it rises at 0302BST (0202UT) and sets at 1608BST (1508UT).
Neptune - Natural Colour with SatellitesSource: Hubblesite.org Neptune – Is in the constellation of Aquarius during May at magnitude +7.9. It rises at 0401BST (0301UT) and sets at 1422BST (1322UT) during the beginning of May. By the end of the month it rises at 0204BST (0104UT) and sets at 1226BST (1126UT).

 

Dwarf Planets

Pluto – Is in the constellation of Sagittarius all month. It starts May at a magnitude of +14.2, rising at 0129BST (0029UT) and sets at 0937BST (0837UT). By the end of the month Pluto is at magnitude 14.1, rising at 2326BST (2226UT) and setting at 0737BST (0637UT).

Ceres – Is in the constellation of Virgo during May. It starts the month at magnitude +7.2, rising at 1748BST (1648UT) ans sets at 0640BST (0540UT). By the end of May Ceres is at magnitude +7.8, rising at 1543BST (1443UT) and sets at 0419BST (0319UT).

Pallas – Can be found in the constellation of Leo during the month. At the beginning of May it is at magnitude +8.4, rising at 1320BST (1220UT) and sets at 0339BST (0239UT). By the end of the month Pallas is at magnitude +8.9, rising at 1140BST (1040UT) and setting at 0233BST (0133UT).

Juno – Is in the the constellation of Cetus at the beginning of the month at a magnitude of +9.6. It rises at 0601BST (0501UT) and sets at 1928BST (1828UT). By the end of May Juno can be found in the constellation of Aries with a magnitude of +9.7. It rises at 0449BST (0349UT) and sets at 1901BST (1801UT).

Vesta – Is in the the constellation of Virgo during May. At the beginning of the month it is at magnitude +6.0, rising at 1738BST (1638UT) and sets at 0630BST (0530UT). At the end of May Vesta is at magnitude +6.5, rising at 1532BST (1432UT) and setting at 0412BST (0312UT).

April Night Sky 2014

Interesting things that Bellatrix Orionis is hoping to observe in the April night sky 2014. Visual guide from Hubble

Planets

Mercury imaged by Mariner 10 Mercury – Can be found in the constellation of Aquarius at the beginning of April. It’s at magnitude -0.2, rises at 0530 and sets at 1630. By the end of the month it’s at magnitude -1.8 in the constellation of Aries.  It rises at 0447 and sets at 2014.
Venus Cloud Tops Source: Hubblesite.org Venus – Is found in the constellation of Capricornus at the beginning of the month with a magnitude of -4.3. It rises at 0427 and sets at 1418. By the end of the month Venus is in the constellation of Pisces with a magnitude of -4.1. It rises at 0339 and sets at 1521.
Mars Dust Storm Brews in Hellas Basin and Northern Polar Cap Source: Hubblesite.org Mars – Is found in the constellation of Virgo during April. At the beginning of the month it is at magnitude -1.4, rising at 1924 and setting at 0629. By the end of the month it is at magnitude -1.2, rising at 1635 and setting at 0412.
Jupiter Source: Hubblesite.org Jupiter – Is in the constellation of Gemini all month. At the beginning of March it is at magnitude -2.2, rising at 0954 and setting at 0253. By the end of the month it is at magnitude -2.0, rising at 0817 and setting at 0111.
Saturn -- October 1997 Source: Hubblesite.org Saturn – Is in the constellation of Libra all month. At the beginning of April it is at magnitude +0.3, rising at 2222 and setting at 0729. By the end of the month it’s at magnitude +0.1, rising at 2018 and setting at 0531.
Uranus 2003 Source: Hubblesite.org Uranus – Is in the constellation of Pisces all month and remains at a magnitude of +5.9. At the beginning of April it rises at 0553 and sets at 1846. By the end of the month it rises at 0401 and sets at 1701.
Neptune - Natural Colour with Satellites Source: Hubblesite.org Neptune – Is in the constellation of Aquarius all month. At the beginning of April it rises at 0553 and sets at 1846 at a magnitude of +8.0. By the end of the month it rises at 0305 and sets at 1326.

 

Dwarf Planets

 

Pluto – Is in the constellation of Sagittarius and is at magnitude +14.2.

Ceres – Is in the constellation of Virgo with a magnitude of +7.1 at the beginning of the month and +7.2 by the end.

Pallas – Can be found in the constellation of Hydra at the beginning of April and is at visual magnitude +7.7. By the end of the month it is in the constellation of Leo with a magnitude of +8.4.

Juno – Is in the constellation of Cetus with a magnitude of +9.6, all month.

Vesta – Is in the constellation of Virgo, starting the month at magnitude  +5.9.

 

Monthly Sky Challenge

Tuesday 1 April

Crab Nebula (M1, NGC 1952) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Taurus with a magnitude of +8.39. Rises at 0849BST and sets at 129BST.

Wednesday 2 April

Lower’s Nebula (Sharpless 2-261) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Orion with a magnitude of +10.00. Rises at 1003BST and sets at0115BST.

Thursday 3 April

Epsilon Orionis Nebula (NGC 1990) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Orion with a magnitude of +10.00. Rises at 1100BST and sets at 2257BST

Friday 4 April

Merope Nebula (NGC 1435) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Taurus with a magnitude of +4.19. Rise at 0635BST and sets at 2343BST.

Saturday 5 April

California Nebula (NGC 1499) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Perseus with a magnitude of +5.00. Doesn’t rise or set.

Sunday 6 April

North American Nebula (NGC 7000) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Cygnus with a magnitude of +4.00. Doesn’t rise or set.

Monday 7 April

Heart Nebula (IC 1805) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Cassiopeia with a magnitude of +6.50. Doesn’t rise or set.

First quarter Moon.

Tuesday 8 April

Orion Nebula (M42, NGC 1976) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Orion with a magnitude of +4.00. Rises at 1107BST and sets at 2213BST.

Wednesday 9 April

Barnard’s Loop (Sharpless 2-276) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Orion with a magnitude of +10.00. Rises at 1041BST and sets at 2257BST.

Thursday 10 April

Maia Nebula (NGC 1432) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Taurus with a magnitude of +3.90. Rises at 0606BST and sets at 2327BST.

Friday 11 April

Elephant Trunk (IC 1396) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Cepheus with a magnitude of +5.59. Doesn’t rise or set.

Saturday 12 April

Pelican Nebula (IC 5070) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Cygnus with a magnitude of +8.00. Doesn’t rise or set.

Sunday 13 April

Gamma Cygni Nebula (IC 1318) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Cygnus with a magnitude of +10.00. Doesn’t rise or set.

Monday 14 April

Pacman Nebula (NGC 281) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Cassiopeia with a magnitude of +7.40. Doesn’t rise or set.

Tuesday 15 April

Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Cassiopeia with a magnitude of +11.00. Doesn’t rise or set.

Full Moon.

Wednesday 16 April

Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405, C 31) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Auriga with a magnitude of +10.00. Rises at 0504BST and sets at 0240BST.

Thursday 17 April

Cave Nebula (C 9, Sharpless 2-155) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Cepheus with a magnitude of +7.69. Doesn’t rise or set.

Friday 18 April

Hubbles Variable Nebula (NGC 2261, C46) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Monoceros with a magnitude of +9.19. Rises at 1013BST and sets at 0000BST

Saturday 19 April

Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888, C 27) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Cygnus with a magnitude of +7.40. Doesn’t rise or set.

Sunday 20 April

Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237, 2246, 2239, 2238, C 49) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Monoceros with a magnitude of +5.50. Rises at 1017BST and sets at 2322BST.

Monday 21 April

Gemma Cassiopeia Nebula (IC 59 and 63) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Cassiopeia with a magnitude of +10.00. Doesn’t rise or set.

Tuesday 22 April

Seagull Nebula (IC 2177) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Monoceros with a magnitude of +10.00. Rises at 1211BST and sets at 2218BST.

Last quarter Moon.

Wednesday 23 April

Cocoon Nebula (IC 5146, C 19) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Cygnus with a magnitude of +7.19. Doesn’t rise or set.

Thursday 24 April

Soul Nebula (IC 1848) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Cassiopeia with a magnitude of +6.50. Doesn’t rise or set.

Friday 25 April

Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Orion with a magnitude of +10.00. Rises at 0947 and sets at 2133BST.

Saturday 26 April

Struve’s Lost Nebula (NGC 1554) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Taurus with a magnitude of +9.39. Rises at 0617BST and sets at 2216BST.

Sunday 27 April

Iris Nebula (NGC 7023, C 4) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Cepheus with a magnitude of +7.19. Doesn’t rise or set.

Monday 28 April

Witch Head nebula (IC 2118) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Eridanus with a magnitude of +10.00. Rises at 0930BST and sets at 2017BST

Tuesday 29 April

Cone Nebula (NGC 2264) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Monoceros with a magnitude of +3.90. Rises at 0925BST and sets at 2325BST.

New Moon.

Wednesday 30 April

Hinds Variable Nebula (NGC 2264) is a bright nebula in the constellation of Taurus with a magnitude of +10.00. Rises at 0601 and sets at 2200BST

 

Night sky for March 2014

Interesting things that Bellatrix Orionis is hoping to observe in the night sky for March 2014. Visual guide from Hubble

Planets

Mercury imaged by Mariner 10 Mercury – Can be found in the constellation of Aquarius during March. At the beginning of the month it is at magnitude +0.8, rises at 0610 and sets at 1514. By the end of the month it’s at magnitude -0.2, rising at 0631 and sets at 1725. Due to the rising and setting times Mercury is difficult to see this month.
Venus Cloud Tops Source: Hubblesite.org Venus – Is found in the constellation of Sagittarius at the beginning of the month with a magnitude of -4.6. It rises at 0457 and sets at 1354. By the end of the month Venus is in the constellation of Capricornus with a magnitude of -4.3. It rises at 0528 and sets at 1516. Venus is also going to be a challenge to spot during March because it rises and sets during the day.
Mars Dust Storm Brews in Hellas Basin and Northern Polar Cap Source: Hubblesite.org Mars – Is found in the constellation of Virgo during March. At the beginning of the month it is at magnitude -0.5, rising at 2159 and setting at 0842. By the end of the month it is at magnitude -1.3, rising at 2030 and setting at 0733.
Jupiter Source: Hubblesite.org Jupiter – Is in the constellation of Gemini all month. At the beginning of March it is at magnitude -2.4, rising at 1151 and setting at 0451. By the end of the month it is at magnitude -2.2, rising at 1058 and setting at 0733.
Saturn -- October 1997 Source: Hubblesite.org Saturn – Is in the constellation of Libra all month. At the beginning of March it is at magnitude +0.4, rising at 0033 and setting at 0931. By the end of the month it’s at magnitude +0.3, rising at 2326 and setting at 0833.
Uranus 2003 Source: Hubblesite.org Uranus – Is in the constellation of Pisces all month and remains at a magnitude of +5.9. At the beginning of March it rises at 0752 and sets at 2038. By the end of the month it rises at 0657 and sets at 1949.
Neptune - Natural Colour with Satellites Source: Hubblesite.org Neptune – Is in the constellation of Aquarius at a magnitude of +8.0 all month. At the beginning of March it rises at 0658 and sets at 1710. By the end of the month it rises at 0602 and sets at 1619. Neptune will be difficult to see as it rises during the day.

 

Dwarf Planets

Pluto – Is in the constellation of Sagittarius and is at magnitude +14.2.

Ceres – Is in the constellation of Virgo with a magnitude of +7.1

Pallas – Can be found in the constellation of Sextans at the beginning of March and is at visual magnitude +7.0. By the end of the month it is in the constellation of Hydra with a magnitude of +7.6.

Juno – Is in the the constellation of Pisces with a magnitude of +9.9. By the end of the month Juno can be found in the constellation of Cetus with a magnitude of +9.6.

Vesta – Is in the the constellation of Virgo, starting the month at magnitude 6.6. By the end of the month it is at magnitude +5.9.

Meteor Showers and Comets

Gamma Normids – Is a weak (class 4) shower with approximately meteor per hour which peaks on 13 March at 2044UT. There is no known parent comet for this shower.

Zeta Serpetids – Minor (class 2) shower with approximately 5 meteor per hour which peaks on 7 February at 2356UT. The parent for this shower is minor planet 2003 EH1.

Monthly Sky Challenge

Saturday 1 March
Carolines Rose (NGC 7790) is an open cluster in the constellation of Cassiopeia with a magnitude of +6.69 (requires binoculars or a telescope). It doesn’t rise or set.

Sunday 2 March
The Eskimo Nebula (Caldwell 39, NGC 2392) is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Gemini with a magnitude of +9.19 (requires a small telescope). It rises at 1250UT and sets at 0512UT.

Monday 3 March
The Hyades (Caldwell 41, Mel 25) is an open cluster in the constellation of Taurus with a magnitude of +0.50 (naked eye possible). It rises at 1019UT and sets at 0132UT.

Tuesday 4 March
The Ring Nebula (Messier 57, NGC 6720) is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Lyra with a magnitude of +8.80 (requires a small telescope). It rises at 2154UT and sets at 1837UT.

Wednesday 5 March
The Owl Cluster (NGC 457, Caldwell 13) is an open cluster in the constellation of Cassiopeia with a magnitude of +6.40 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It does not rise or set.

Thursday 6 March
Bow Tie Nebula (Caldwell 2, M 40) is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Cepheus with a magnitude of +10.60 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It does not rise or set.

Friday 7 March

Caldwell 1 (NGC 188) is an open cluster in the constellation of Cepheus with a magnitude of +8.10 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It does not rise or set.

Saturday 8 March
The Cats Eye Nebula (Caldwell 6, NGC 6543) is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Draco with a magnitude of +8.10 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It doesn’t rise or set.

Sunday 9 March
The Starfish Cluster (M38, NGC 1912) is an open cluster in the constellation of Auriga with a magnitude of +6.40 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It doesn’t rise or set.

Monday 10 March
The Owl Nebula (M97, NGC 3587) is an planetary nebula in the constellation of Ursa Major with a magnitude of +9.80 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It doesn’t rise or set.

Tuesday 11 March
Caldwell 64 (NGC 2362) is an open cluster in the constellation of Canis Major with a magnitude of +3.79 (naked eye possible). It rises at 1646UT and sets at 2340UT.

Wednesday 12 March
The Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237, NGC 2246, NGC 2239, NGC 2238, Caldwell 49) is an emission nebula in the constellation of Monoceros with a magnitude of +5.50 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It rises at 1251UT and sets at 0156UT.

Thursday 13 March
The Beehive Cluster (NGC 2632, M44) is an open cluster in the constellation of Cancer with a magnitude of +3.09 (naked eye possible). It rises at 1327 and sets at 0531UT.

Friday 14 March
The Blinking Planetary (NGC 6826, Caldwell 15) is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Cygnus with a magnitude of +8.89 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It doesn’t rise or set.

Saturday 15 March

The Christmas Tree cluster (NGC 2264) is an open cluster in the constellation of Monoceros with a magnitude of +4.09 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It rises at 1222UT and sets at 0222UT.

Sunday 16 March
The Ghost of Jupiter Nebula (Caldwell 59, NGC 3242) is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Hydra with a magnitude of +7.30. it rises at 1846UT and sets at 0317UT.

Monday 17 March
The Pinwheel Cluster (M36) is an open cluster in the constellation of Auriga with a magnitude of +6.00. It rises at 0735UT and sets at 0455UT.

Tuesday 18 March
The Little Dumbbell Nebula (M76, NGC 650) is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Perseus with a magnitude of +10.10 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It doesn’t rise or set.

Wednesday 19 March
Caldwell 58 (NGC 2360)is an open cluster in the constellation of Canis Major with a magnitude of +7.19 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It rises at 1507UT and sets at 0018UT.

Thursday 20 March
The Medusa Nebula (Abel 21) is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Gemini with a magnitude of +10.19 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It rises at 1231UT and sets at 0310UT.

Friday 21 March
Caldwell 28 (NGC 752) is an open cluster in the Constellation of Andromeda with a magnitude of +5.69 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It doesn’t rise or set.

Saturday 22 March
Polaris (Alhpa Ursae Minoris) is a variable double star in the constellation of Ursa Minor with a magnitudes of +2.00 and +9.00 (naked eye). It does not rise or set.

Sunday 23 March
Chi Persei (NGC 884, Caldwell 14) is an open cluster in the constellation of Perseus with a magnitude of +6.09 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It doesn’t rise or set.

Monday 24 March
Zosma (Delta Leonis) is a double star in the constellation of Leo with a magnitude of +2.55 and +8.56 (naked eye). It rises at 1511UT and sets at 0727UT.

Tuesday 25 March
The Pleides (M45, Mel 22) is an open cluster in the constellation of Taurus with a constellation of +1.50 (naked eye). It rises at 0712UT and sets at 0026UT.

Wednsesday 26 March
Menkar (Alpha Ceti) is a variable star in the constellation of Cetus with a magnitude of +2.54 (naked eye). It rises at 0833UT and sets at 2124UT.

Thursday 27 March Caldwell 54 (NGC 2506, Caldwell 54)is an open cluster in the constellation of Monoceros with a magnitude of +7.59 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It rises at 1449UT and sets at 0058UT.

Friday 28 March
Alderamin (Alpha Cephei) is a double star in the constellation of Cepheus with magnitudes of +2.47 and +10.47 (naked eye). It does not rise or set.

Saturday 29 March
The Double Cluster (NGC 869, Caldwell 14) is an open cluster in the constellation of Perseus with a magnitude of +5.30 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It does not rise or set.

Sunday 30 March
The Blue Snowball Nebula (Caldwell 22, NGC 7662) is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Andromeda with a magnitude of +8.30 (requires binoculars or a small telescope). It does not rise or set.

Monday 31 March
Caldwell 50 (NGC 2244) is an open cluster in the constellation of Monoceros with a magnitude of +4.80 (naked eye if you have no/ very little light pollution). It rises at 1332UT and sets at 0236.

The Night Sky for February 2014

Interesting things in the night sky for February 2014 that Bellatrix Orionis is hoping to observe, (providing the rain and wind stop).

Visual guide from Hubble

Planets

Mercury imaged by Mariner 10 Mercury – During February Mercury can be found in the constellation of Aquarius. At the beginning of the month it’s at magnitude -0.4. It rises at 0832UT and sets at 1841UT. By the end of the month Mercury is at magnitude +0.9, rises at 0612UT and sets at 1545UT. Due to Mercury rising during the day it will be exceptionally difficult to spot unless you have a knack for finding planets in the day.
Venus Cloud TopsSource: Hubblesite.org Venus – During February Venus can be found in the constellation of Sagittarius. At the beginning of the month it is at magnitude of -3.6. It rises at 0549UT and sets at 1454UT. By the end of the month it’s at magnitude -4.6, rises at 0458UT and sets at 1354UT. Due to its position and the time it rises it’s not possible to see the planet this month.
Mars Dust Storm Brews in Hellas Basin and Northern Polar CapSource: Hubblesite.org Mars – At the beginning of February Mars rises at 2327UT and sets at 1023UT. The planet can be found in the constellation of Virgo and at the beginning of the month is at a magnitude of +0.2. By the end of the month Mars is at magnitude -0.5, rises at 2203UT and sets at 0845UT
JupiterSource: Hubblesite.org Jupiter – During February Jupiter can be found in the constellation of Gemini. At the beginning of the month it has a magnitude of-2.6, rises at 1350UT and sets at 0647UT. At the end of the month the planet will be at magnitude -2.4, rising at 1155UT and setting at 0455UT.
Saturn -- October 1997Source: Hubblesite.org Saturn – Can be found in the constrellation of Libra during February. At the beginning of the month it’s at magnitude of +0.5, rises at 0219UT and sets at 1119UT. By the end of the month Saturn is at magnitude +0.4, rising at 0037UT and sets at 0935UT.
Uranus 2003Source: Hubblesite.org Uranus – Can be found in the constellation of Pisces during February and remains at magnitude of +5.9. At the beginning of the month it rises at 0940UT and sets at 2220UT. By the end of the month it rises at 0756UT and sets at 2041UT.
Neptune - Natural Colour with SatellitesSource: Hubblesite.org Neptune – Is in the constellation of Aquarius during February with a magnitude of +8.0. At the beginning of the month it rises at 0846UT and sets at 1854UT. By the end of the month Neptune rises at 0702UT and sets at 1714UT.

 

Dwarf Planets

Pluto – Is in the constellation of Sagittarius and is at visual magnitude +14.2. At the beginning of February it rises at 0614UT and sets at 1422UT. By the end of the month it rises at 0431UT and sets at 1239UT.

Ceres – Is in the constellation of Virgo. At the beginning of February the dwarf planet rises at 2327UT and sets at 1136UT and has a visual magnitude of +8.2. By the end of the month it is a magnitude +7.7, rises at 2147UT and sets at1003UT.

Pallas – Can be found in the constellation of Hydra and is at visual magnitude +7.3. At the beginning of February it rises at 2112UT and sets at 0541UT. By the end of the month Pallas is in the constellation of Sextans with a magnitude of +7.0. It rises at 1809UT and sets at 0435UT.

Juno – Is in the constellation of Aquarius with a visual magnitude of +10.1. At the beginning of the month Juno rises at 0908UT and sets at 1954UT. By the end of the month Juno is in the constellation of Pisces with a magnitude of +9.9. It rise at 0751UT and sets at 1924UT.

Vesta – Is in the constellation of Virgo during February. At the beginning of the month it’s magnitude of +7.2, it rises at 2324UT and sets at 1110UT. At the end of the month it’s at magnitude +6.6, rises at 2147UT and sets at 0942UT.

 

Meteor Showers and Comets

Pi Hydrids – Is a weak (class 4) shower with approximately 1 meteor per hour which peaks on 2 February at 0120UT.
There is no known parent comet for this shower.

Alpha Centaurids – Minor (class 2) shower with approximately 5 meteor per hour which peaks on 8 February at 0605UT.
There is no known parent comet for this shower.

Beta Herculids – Weak (class 4) shower with approximately 1 meteor per hour which peaks on 12 February 2355UT.
There is no known parent comet for this shower.

 

Monthly Sky Challenge

1 February

Bear Paw Galaxy (NGC 2537) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Lynx with a magnitude of +11.69. It does not rise or set this month.

2 February

Sirius (Alpha Canis Majoris), also known as the Dog Star is a double star in the constellation of Canis Majoris and has a magnitudes of -1.44 and +8.50. It rises at 1739 and sets at 0236.

3 February

Andromeda Galaxy (M31, NGC 224) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Andromeda with a magnitude of +3.40. It does not rise or set.

4 February

Vega (Alpha Lyrae) is a variable double star in the constellation of Lyra with a magnitudes of +0.02 and +9.53. It does not rise or set this month.

5 February

Helix Galaxy (NGC 2685) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major with a magnitude of +11.30. It does not rise or set.

6 February

Capella (Alpha Aurigae) is a double star in the constellation of Auriga with a magnitude of +0.07. It doesn’t rise or set.

7 February

Markarian’s Chain (NGC 4443) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Virgo with a magnitude of +11.19. It rises at 2012 and sets at 1050.

8 February

Rigel (Beta Orionis) is a variable double star in the constellation of Orion with a magnitude of +0.28 and +10.38. It rises at 1454 and sets at 0133.

9 February

Needle Galaxy (NGC 4565) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +9.60. It rises at 1838 and sets at 1223.

10 February

Procyon (Alpha Canis Majoris) is a double star in the constellation of Canis Minor with a magnitudes of +0.40 and +10.80. It rises at 1557 and sets at 0503

11 February

Perseus A (NGC 1275) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Perseus with a magnitude of +11.89. It doesn’t rise or set this month.

12 February

Betelguese (Alpha Orionis) is a variable double star in Orion with a magnitude of +0.56 and +14.57. It rises at 1353 and sets at 0324.

13 February

Siamese Twins (NGC 4568 & NGC 4567) are spiral galaxies in the constellation of Virgo, with magnitudes of +11.30 and +10.80. It rises at 2007 and sets at 1022.

14 February

Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri) is a variable double star in the constellation of Taurus with a magnitude of +0.99 and +13.79. It rises at 1131 and sets at 0252.

15 February

Whirlpool Galaxy (M51, NGC5194) is a spiral constellation in the constellation of Canes Venatici with a magnitude of +8.39. It does not rise or set.

16 February

Pollux (Beta Gemiorum) is a double star in the constellation of Gemini with magnitudes of+1.22 and +13.82. It rises at 1259 and sets at 0726.

17 February

Sunflower Galaxy (M63, NGC 5055) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Canes Venatici with a magnitude of +8.60. It does not rise or set.

18 February

Deneb (Alpha Cygni) is a variable double star in the constellation of Cygnus with magnitudes of +1.33 and +11.73. It does not rise or set.

19 February

Pinwheel Galaxy (M33, NGC 598) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Triangulum with a magnitude of +5.69. It rises at 0606 and sets at 0136.

20 February

Regulus (Alpha Leonis) is a double star in the constellation of Leo with magnitudes of +1.40 and +8.18. it rises at 1708 and sets at 0731.

21 February

Silver Needle Galaxy (NGC 4244) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Canes Venatici with a magnitude of +10.39. It does not rise or set.

22 February

Adhara (Epsilon Canis Majoris) is a double star in the constellation of Canis Major with a magnitude of +1.52 and +7.53. It rises at 1811 and sets at 2350.

23 February

Black Eye Galaxy (M64, NGC 4826) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Coma Berenices with a magnitude of +8.50. It rises at 1839 and sets at 1112.

24 February

Castor (Alpha Geminorum) is a double star in the constellation of Gemini with magnitudes of +1.58 and +2.48. It rises at 1129 and sets at 0732.

25 February

Bode’s Nebulae (M82, NGC 3034) spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major with a magnitude of +8.39. It does not rise or set.

26 February

Bellatrix (Gamma Orionis) is a double star in the constellation of Orion with magnitudes of +1.65 and +12.26. It rises at 1233 and sets at 0153.

27 February

Cetus A (M77, NGC 1068) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Cetus with a magnitude of +8.89. It rises at 1022 and sets at 2229.

28 February

Elnath (Beta Tauri) is a double star in the constellation of Taurus with a magnitude of +1.67. It rises at 0947 and sets at 0427.