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Sunday, August 12, 2012

 

More Planetary Awesomness 13-14 August 2012

Evening sky looking west as seen from Adelaide at 8:00 pm local time on Tuesday August 14. Mars, Venus Saturn and the bright star Spica form a straight line. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time. Click to embiggen.Morning Sky looking north-east as seen from Adelaide at 6:00 pmam local time on Tuesday August 14. The Moon is just below Venus. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time. Click to embiggen. hat tip to fellow ISS chaser Dean male for alerting me to the typos. Sorry, it was a hard day.

While the fantastically close apposition between Jupiter and the Moon was great,the sky show has not finished. In the evening, in the west the bright star Spica and the Planets Mars and  Saturn have formed a triangle. As the days have worn on the triangle has become narrower and narrower. Finaly, on Tuesday August 14 they will become a straight line.

Morning skis will remain spectacular for a few more days.  On the morning of Monday, August 13, the crecent Moon will be between Jupiter and Venus. Then on the morning of Tuesday August 14 the crescent Moon is just above Venus. This will be an excellent opportunity to see Venus in the daylight.

And if are up in the morning, you should keep an eye out for meteors,  northern  Australians might see a Perseid meteor or two.


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