Month by month guide to 2019

What to see in the night sky through­out the year by Pete Lawrence

Sky at Night Magazine - - EQUIPMENT • BEST OF 2018 -

36 Jan­uary

Op­ti­mal con­di­tions for the Quad­ran­tids and a to­tal lu­nar eclipse

40 Fe­bru­ary

The year’s largest su­per­moon and our best sight of planet Mer­cury

44 March

A chance to en­joy galaxy-laden Leo as the spring equinox ar­rives

50 April

Fingers crossed for the zo­di­a­cal lights on Moon­less evenings

54 May

Dark skies could make for ex­cit­ing Aquari­ids and M5 is well placed

58 June

Her­cules and Ophi­u­cus dom­i­nate June’s skies

64 July

The nights may be short but Saturn’s rings shine bright in July

68 Au­gust

All eyes on Lyra, Cygnus, Aquila and bright Jupiter

72 Septem­ber Plenty of evening view­ing and Nep­tune skips past Phi Aquarii 78 Oc­to­ber

Stun­ning views as sev­eral gal­ax­ies be­come favourable

82 Novem­ber

A tran­sit of Mer­cury and a lu­nar oc­cul­ta­tion are two rar­i­ties to rel­ish

86 De­cem­ber

Tau­rus de­lights as Orion pro­vides am­ple hunt­ing ground

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