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Tuesday, September 29, 2009


The Sky This Week - Thursday October 1 to Thursday October 8

The Full Moon is Sunday October 3. Jupiter is is easily seen as the brightest object in the evening sky. In the morning, Venus and Mars are seen above the eastern horizon before dawn. Venus and the bright star Regulus are close on Monday September 21. Mercury is lost in the evening twilight.

Evening sky looking east at 7:30 pm local time on Wednesday October 1. Click to embiggen.

The Full Moon is Sunday October 3.

Mercury is low in the morning twilight glow. On Thursday October 8 Mercury and Saturn are close together just above the horizon (see below).

Saturn reappears low in the morning sky this week.

Jupiter is easily seen as the brightest object in the evening sky. Jupiter is big enough to be appreciated in even the smallest telescope. If you don't have a telescope to view Jupiter, why not go to one of your local Astronomical Societies or Planetariums open nights? Jupiter's Moons are readily visible in binoculars or a small telescope.

Eastern horizon with Venus, Mercury and Saturn at 5:30 am local time on Thursday morning October 8, click to embiggen.

In the morning, Venus and Mars are visible in the eastern sky. Red Mars is in the constellation of Gemini.

Bright white Venus is close to the horizon, but is still readily visible in the dawn twilight if you have a clear, unobstructed horizon. Thursday morning October 8 Venus is close to Mercury and Saturn. This is will require a clear,level horizon to see, and probably binoculars to see faint Mercury and Saturn in the twilight. During the week Venus comes even closer to the horizon.

Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm, Western sky at 10 pm. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch. Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.


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