Star formations, celestial ‘parade’
light up February sky–Pagasa

February 2 2016 4:41 PM

A series of star formations and a celestial parade of planets await Philippine stargazers this February, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

Pagasa said one such formation was the Winter Triangle, about 50 degrees above the eastern horizon and visible throughout the month.

Pagasa said the Winter Triangle comprised the Betelgeuse, the super giant red star and the prominent star of Orion; Sirius, the brightest star in Canis Major; and Procyon, the brightest star of Canis Minor.

Gemini will also be found to the left of the Winter Triangle, with its two prominent stars Castor and Pollux. Cancer will be found 15 degrees below Gemini.

Also, the Beehive Cluster or Praesepe, an open cluster of stars in the constellation of Cancer, can offer stargazers “a larger star population than most other nearby clusters.”

Pagasa said the Beehive Cluster looked like a nebulous object to the naked eye.

Meanwhile, the Winter Circle or Winter Hexagon has six brilliant winter stars: Rigel, Aldebaran, Capella, Procyon, Sirius and Pollux.

Meanwhile, Pagasa said a celestial parade of five planets — Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury — would be visible in the predawn sky during February.

The Winter Triangle
The Winter Triangle will be visible on Philippine skies throughout the month of February (Image from PAGASA Official Website)
The Winter Triangle (with constellation art)
The Winter Triangle (with constellation art) (Image from PAGASA Official Website)
The Winter Hexagon
The Winter Hexagon can be found in the eastern sky in early evening and then sets into the western sky by midnight (Image from PAGASA Official Website)
The Winter Hexagon (with constellation art)
The Winter Hexagon (with constellation art) (Image from PAGASA Official Website)

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