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Thursday, August 02, 2012


Southern Skywatch August 2012 Edition Up

Jupiter about to go into occulation as seen from Darwin on August 12 at 4:04 am local time (click to embiggen)
The August edition of Southern Skywatch is now up. There's lots of planetary action this month.

Venus is in the morning sky not far from Jupiter and is close to the crescent Moon on the 14th.

Jupiter is in the morning sky near the Hyades, on the 12th the crescent Moon and Jupiter are very close (time to look for Jupite in the daylight). In Darwin there is an occultation of Jupiter.

Mars forms a line with Saturn and the bright star Spica on the 14th. Mars is close to the crescent Moon on the 22nd forming a triangle with Saturn and Spica.

Mercury is lost in the twilight.
Variable star Mira at maximum brightness


Hi Ian, I am happy to have found your blog as I usually get northern hemisphere sky info and try to found out if I can observe the same event here in Melbourne. May I ask if Mars, Saturn n Spica on 14 August can be seen by naked eyes? Thanks!
Yes, Mars, Saturn and Spica are all easily visible to the unaided eye, even with reasonable levels of light pollution.

The view from Adelaide will be similar to the view everywhere else in Australia at the equivalent local time. There will be some minor differences in elevation but not enough to make a real difference.

Occultations and eclipses will be different though, as those are very latitude dependent. But I ususally give local descriptions for them.
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