Follow Venus in the dawn sky. This brilliant planet is close to the second brightest, Jupiter, on 23 January. On 1 February, Venus makes an impressive sight adjacent to a crescent Moon. The ‘goddess of love’ then greets Saturn on 19 February.
The constellation of Orion in the northern evening sky presents an excellent binocular opportunity. It consists of the three belt stars and, directly above, three fainter stars also in a row. The top one is distinctly fuzzy, being the impressive Orion Nebula.
After its close approaches to the Sun and Earth in December, Comet Wirtanen appears over the northern Australian horizon, moving through the Lynx and
Ursa Major constellations. It’s fading, but will be visible in February: look north about midnight.
Glenn Dawes is a co-author of the yearbook Astronomy 2019 Australia(Quasar Publishing).