Monthly [March 2017] Observing
Also refer to page 9 of this months' Albedo for more viewing information.
Lots of wonderful consellations starting to disappear from the night sky. We have Taurus, Andromeda going down in the west now. Orion, still going to be there for some time, but it is starting to set in the west now. We have Gemini coming up as is Cancer and Leo.
Mars still very bright in the eastern skies although it is quite low now.
Uranus is still quite close to Mars and if you use something like Stellarium you can locate it now problem at all.
5 Comets in the night sky - all visible, 2-3 with Binoculars and 2 certainly with a telescope.
1) 2P/Encke; in Pisces which is in the evening sky; going in to twilight so might be a little more tricky to find. You are looking for an object that is a Mag. 6 so it is possible to see with binoculars. Finding Venus and come down and you should see it.
2) C/2015 ER61 (PanSTARRS) - in Sagittarius (looking like a teapot), so is a morning object - Mag 7.6 and is gaining in brightness. On the 1st March it is just above the teapot lid. Binoculars or a small telescope should bring that out quite well.
3) C/2015 V2 Johnson - in constellation of Hercules and will be visible for some time. It is a mag. of 8.9 so for a comet it is relatively bright. With binoculars you should still be able to see that. Again, using a free programme like Stellarium you should be able to locate it quite easily. A morning object.
4) 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak - mag. 9.8 going northwards in Leo rising in the east, coming up above the horizon in the early morning. Perhaps needing a larger telescope to see this one. 1-2nd March going northwards. After mid-night/early morning it should be visible.
5) 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Padjusakova - Going through the body of Leo (to the east of the head). Mag. 10 so probably needs a larger scope to find.
March 15 ; Moon forms a triangle with Spica and Jupiter.
A small telescope or binoculars you should be able to see the four Galilean moons of Jupiter.
Last month : To find Cancer - and M44/Praesepe. Still available for people to take a look at.
This month: Gemini
An evening object, due South (to the east of Orion)
Find the two twins and the move to the foot for M35 - visible with binoculars.
An open cluster. Do try to find it. Using a program called Stellarium will aid you to finding it.