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Saturday, February 05, 2011


Southern Skywatch February 2011 edition is now up!

The evening sky facing west in Melbourne on February 7 at 9:00 pm AEDST showing Jupiter close to the crescent Moon. (similar views will be seen from other cities at the equivalent local time eg 9:00 pm ACDST Adelaide.)

The February edition of Southern Skywatch is now up. Sorry is late again, but with kids birthdays, visitors, heatwaves (the only room cool enough to work in was occupied by visitors and kiddies trying to sleep) and worrying about friends in the QLD cyclone got in the way.

Venus has some interesting encounters with clusters, stars and the asteroid Vesta. Venus is now a gibbous shape in small telescopes and strong binoculars.

Jupiter is well past opposition. Jupiter is visible in the early evening sky just above the western horizon and sets around 11 pm. It is hard to get good telescopic views close to the horizon. However, Jupiter's Moons are still good to watch.

Saturn is now a good telescopic object in the morning, being high above the northern horizon. It is now rising before midnight.


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