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Monday, August 10, 2020

 

Sky This Week - Thursday August 13 to Thursday August 20

The New Moon is Wednesday, August 19. Four bright planets are visible in the very early morning skies. Venus is below the arm of Orion and is visited by the crescent Moon on the 16th. Mars is rising before midnight. Jupiter and Saturn are easily visible in the evening sky but Jupiter now sets before morning twilight. Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE is still (just) visible in binoculars. 

The New Moon is Wednesday, August 19.

Evening sky at 19:06 ACST (90 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, August 15 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Jupiter and Saturn are high above the Eastern horizon.

The insets show the telescopic view of the planets at the same magnification at this time.


Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.


Morning sky on Sunday, August 16 showing the north-eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:29 am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise). Venus is below the arm of Orion and above the crescent Moon.  

The inset in the telescopic view of Venus at this time

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.

Morning sky on Sunday, August 16 showing the whole sky as seen from Adelaide at 4:30 am ACST.

Four bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Jupiter, Saturn Mars and Venus.

Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time. click to embiggen.





Evening sky at 19:10 ACST (90 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, August 15 facing north-west as seen from Adelaide.

Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE  is climbing higher in our skies. It requires binoculars to see. It will looks like a fuzzy dot and a small tail might be visible from dark sky sites.


Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.


Four bright planets grace the early morning sky. 

Pluto Neptune and Uranus are also part of this line-up, but unable to be seen with the unaided eye.

Mercury is lost in the morning twilight.

Venus is below the arm of Orion above the crescent Moon.

 Mars is visible high in the morning sky to the north, east of Jupiter and Saturn. It enters the evening sky shortly before midnight but is still low to the horizon. 
  
Jupiter can be readily seen in the early evening sky. Jupiter and Saturn stay around a hand-span apart during the week and the pair dominate the evening skies. Jupiter was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on July the 14th, but is still an excellent sight.

Saturn is too is now visible in the early evening skies. Saturn was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on July the 21st, but is still an excellent sight.

Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEST, Western sky at 10 pm AEST. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch.




Star Map via Virtual sky. Use your mouse to scroll around and press 8 when your pointer is in the map to set to the current time.

Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.

Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and night) http://satview.bom.gov.au/

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Sunday, August 09, 2020

 

Southern Skywatch August 2020 edition is now out!

 The morning sky facing east in Adelaide on on Sunday August 16 as seen from Adelaide at 5:30 ACST, 90 minutes before sunrise, Venus is close to the crescent Moon. 

 

 

 

 

(similar views will be seen Australia wide 90 minutes before sunrise)

 

The August edition of Southern Skywatch is now up.

August 1; waxing Moon, Jupiter and Saturn form a line in the evening sky. August 2; Jupiter, Saturn and waning Moon form a triangle in the evening sky. August 3; Jupiter, Saturn and the waxing Moon, form a line in the evening sky. August 9 Waning Moon near to Mars. August 9; Moon at Apogee. August 15-16; crescent Moon close to Venus. August 21; Moon at perigee. August 28; waxing Moon close to Jupiter. August 29; Jupiter, Saturn and waning Moon form a triangle in the evening sky.

Mercury is lost in the twilight

Venus is visible below Orion as is cloe to the crescent Moon on the 16th.

Mars is close to the Moon on the 9th.

Jupiter climbs higher  the evening sky. On the 2th Jupiter, the waxing Moon and Saturn form a line in the late evening/early morning sky.The line up is repeated on the 28th.

Saturn  climbs higher  the evening sky. August 29; Jupiter, Saturn and waning Moon form a triangle in the evening sky.

August 9; Moon at Apogee.   August 21; Moon at perigee.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

 

Sky This Week - Thursday August 6 to Thursday August 13

The Last Quarter Moon is Wednesday, August 12. Four bright planets are visible in the early morning skies. Venus is in the arm of Orion. Mars is rising before midnight. The waning Moon is close to Mars on the 9th. Jupiter and Saturn are easily visible in the evening sky. Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE is still (just) visible in binoculars. 

The Last Quarter Moon is Wednesday, August 12. The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth, on the 9th.

Evening sky at 19:06 ACST (90 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, August 8 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Jupiter and Saturn are high above the Eastern horizon.

The insets show the telescopic view of the planets at the same magnification at this time.


Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.



Morning sky on Saturday, August 8 showing the north-eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:37 am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise). Crescent Venus is in the arm of Orion.  

The inset in the telescopic view of Venus at this time

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.


Morning sky on Sunday, August 9 showing the whole sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:00 am ACST.

Four bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Jupiter, Saturn Mars and Venus.

Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time. click to embiggen.






Evening sky at 18:37 ACST (60 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, August 8 facing north-west as seen from Adelaide.

Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE  is climbing higher in our skies. It requires binoculars to see. It will looks like a fuzzy dot and a small tail might be visible from dark sky sites.


Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.


Four bright planets grace the morning sky. 

Pluto Neptune and Uranus are also part of this line-up, but unable to be seen with the unaided eye.

Mercury is lost in the morning twilight.

Venus is is in the arm of Orion.

 Mars is visible high in the morning sky to the north, east of Jupiter and Saturn. It enters the evening sky shortly before midnight but is still low to the horizon. The waning Moon is close to Mars on the 9th.
 
Jupiter is lowering in the morning sky and now can be readily seen in the early evening sky. Jupiter and Saturn stay around a hand-span apart during the week. Jupiter was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on July the 14th, but is still an excellent sight.

Saturn is also lowering in the morning sky near Jupiter drawing away from Mars. It too is now visible in the early evening skies. Saturn was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on July the 21st, but is still an excellent sight.

Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEST, Western sky at 10 pm AEST. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch.




Star Map via Virtual sky. Use your mouse to scroll around and press 8 when your pointer is in the map to set to the current time.

Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.

Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and night) http://satview.bom.gov.au/

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

 

Sky This Week - Thursday July 30 to Thursday August 6

The Full Moon is Tuesday, August 4. Four bright planets are visible in the morning skies. Venus is in the horns of Taurus the Bull below the bright star Aldebaran. Mars is rising before midnight. Jupiter and Saturn are easily visible in the evening sky. The waxing Moon is between Jupiter and Saturn on August 2. Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE is visible in binoculars. 

The Full Moon is Tuesday, August 4. 

Evening sky at 19:01 ACST (90 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, August 1 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Jupiter and Saturn are high above the Eastern horizon.




Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.



Morning sky on
Monday, August 3 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:41am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise). Crescent Venus is below the red star Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus the Bull, and is closest to one of the stars that define the tip of the horns of the Bull.  

 

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.


Morning sky on
Saturday, August 1 showing the whole sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:41 am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise).


Four bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Jupiter, Saturn Mars and Venus. Venus is below the bright star Aldebaran.

Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise)  click to embiggen.



Evening sky at 18:31 ACST (60 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, August 1 facing north-west as seen from Adelaide.

Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE has been entrancing viewers in the northern hemisphere and is now visible in our skies. It is difficult to make out in the twilight and may require binoculars to see. It will look like a fuzzy dot and a small tail might be visible if we are lucky.

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.


Four bright planets grace the morning sky. 


Pluto Neptune and Uranus are also part of this line-up, but unable to be seen with the unaided eye.

Mercury is lost in the morning twilight.

Venus is below the bright red Aldebaran (the eye of the Bull). Venus is closest to one of the stars that define the tip of the horns of the Bull on August 3. 

 Mars is visible high in the morning sky to the north, east of Jupiter and Saturn. It enters the evening sky shortly before midnight but is still low to the horizon.
 
Jupiter is lowering in the morning sky and now can be readily seen in the early evening sky. Jupiter and Saturn stay around a hand-span apart during the week. Jupiter was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on July the 14th, but is still an excellent sight. The waxing Moon is between Jupiter 

Saturn is also lowering in the morning sky near Jupiter drawing away from Mars. It too is now visible in the early evening skies. Saturn was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on July the 21st, but is still an excellent sight.

Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEST, Western sky at 10 pm AEST. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch.




Star Map via Virtual sky. Use your mouse to scroll around and press 8 when your pointer is in the map to set to the current time.

Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.

Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and night) http://satview.bom.gov.au/

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Monday, July 20, 2020

 

Sky This Week - Thursday July 23 to Thursday July 30

The First Quarter Moon is Monday, July 27. Four bright planets are visible in the morning skies. Venus is in the head of Taurus the Bull below the bright star Aldebaran. Mars is rising before midnight. Jupiter and Saturn are easily visible in the evening sky. Comet C/2020 NEOWISE is visible from the 28th. Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower on the morning of the 29th.

The First Quarter Moon is Monday, July 27.   The Moon is at perigee, when it is closest to the Earth on the 25th.


Evening sky at 18:57 ACST (90 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, July 25 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Jupiter and Saturn are high above the Eastern horizon.

The insets shows the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at the same scale at this time.



Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.


Morning sky on Saturday, July 25 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 6:18 am ACST (60 minutes before sunrise). Crescent Venus is below the red star Aldebaran, the eye of the Bull, heading towards the tip of the horns of the Bull. The inset shows the telescopic view of Venus at this time. 

Mercury is low to the horizon. below Betelgeuse.

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.

Morning sky on Saturday, July 25 showing the whole sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:47 am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise).


Four bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Jupiter, Saturn Mars and Venus. Venus is below the bright star Aldebaran.

Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise)  click to embiggen.



Morning sky on Wednesday, July 29 showing the northern sky as seen from Adelaide at 3:00 am ACST after Moonset when the radiant is still high and meteor rates are best. The radiant of the Southern delta Aquariids is shown with a starburst.
The Southern Delta-Aquariids meteor shower runs from 12 July to 23rd August, peaking on Wednesday, July 29. The number of meteors you will see depends on how high the radiant is above the horizon, and how dark your sky is. This shower is fairly faint, with the highest rate of around a meteor every 4 minutes.

Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time.

Evening sky at 18:30 ACST (60 minutes after sunset) on Tuesday, July 28-30 facing north-west as seen from Adelaide.

Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE has been entrancing viewers in the northern hemisphere, and from July 28 we get to see it. Sadly by the time it enters our skies, it will have faded to possibly magnitude 4, around as bright as epsilon Crucis (the fifth brightest star in the Southern Cross). It will be difficult to make out in the twilight and may require binoculars to see. It will look like a fuzzy dot and a small tail might be visible if we are lucky. The chart shows the position of NEOWISE on the 28th (lower circle) and 30th (upper).

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.


Four bright planets grace the morning sky (Five, although Mercury is hard to see).


Pluto Neptune and Uranus are also part of this line-up, but unable to be seen with the unaided eye.

Mercury is difficult to see low in the morning twilight.

Venus is below the bright red Aldebaran (the eye of the Bull). Venus is heading towards the tip of the horns of the Bull.

 Mars is visible high in the morning sky to the north, east of Jupiter and Saturn. It enters the evening sky shortly before midnight but is still low to the horizon.
 
Jupiter is lowering in the morning sky and now can be readily seen in the early evening sky. Jupiter and Saturn stay around a hand-span apart during the week. Jupiter was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 14th, but is still an excellent sight.

Saturn is also lowering in the morning sky near Jupiter drawing away from Mars. It too is now visible in the early evening skies. Saturn was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 21st, but is still an excellent sight.

Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEST, Western sky at 10 pm AEST. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch.




Star Map via Virtual sky. Use your mouse to scroll around and press 8 when your pointer is in the map to set to current time.

Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.

Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and night) http://satview.bom.gov.au/

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