February 2019 – Where to look for the planets

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Use the finder charts on this page to guide you to where to look for the planets in February 2019.

A few pointers:

  • All planets visible to the unaided eye look like stars. Planets visible to the unaided eye include Mercury, Venus, Earth (look down!), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
  • In a telescope, Uranus and Neptune are visible as tiny discs. The minor planet Pluto remains looking like a star in even the largest amateur telescope.
  • Stars are shown to magnitude 5 on the charts unless otherwise noted. This is a compromise between what you would see from the light polluted skies of a city (where you will see significantly less stars) and dark country skies (where you will see significantly more stars).
  • Unless otherwise noted, the finder charts are provided for the 15th of February 2019 and are prepared for the Gold Coast, Queensland. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia.

15 February 2019 – Mars and Uranus finder chart – Early evening sky

Mars and Uranus finder chart. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST on Friday 15 February 2019 for the Gold Coast, Queensland (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Mars and Uranus finder chart. Chart prepared for 8 pm AEST on Friday 15 February 2019 for the Gold Coast, Queensland (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

15 February 2019 – Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto finder chart – Early morning sky

Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto finder chart. Chart prepared for 4 am AEST on Friday 15 February 2019 for the Gold Coast, Queensland (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto finder chart. Chart prepared for 4 am AEST on Friday 15 February 2019 for the Gold Coast, Queensland (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.