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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

 

Southern Skywatch July, 2014 edition is now out!

Morning sky on  July 25 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 6:30 am ACST.   Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at equivalent local times. (click to embiggen).

The July edition of Southern Skywatch is now up. Sorry it's late, but this happened. This month is a bit more sedate than previous months, but there is still some nice sky watching to be done.

There's a bit of planetary action this month with Venus, Saturn and Mars meeting the Moon. Mars and Spica close and Venus and Mercury close.

Jupiter is lost in the twilight.

Mars is obvious in the western evening sky.  Mars is near the bright star Spica on the 13th and 14th.

Saturn is high in the evening sky and is close to the Moon on the 8th.

Venus is close to the crescent Moon on the 25th, and close to Mercury on the 16th.

Mercury climbs higher in the morning sky,being highest on the 13th. Mercury comes close to Venus at this time, and is closest on the 16th.

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Hi Ian,
We saw the space junk last night - I was lucky to look out the window at the right time !
I could see the tail of debris and said to the kids "that's not a plane - it's a meteor".
Last week we saw an Iridium flare from the Parramatta River Ferry - it shows the value in looking up and all around.
I'm sure you're looking up while your recovering.
 
Sorry to hear you've been crook. A warning to us all as you look pretty healthy on your fb page Ian. Sounds like your in good hands there. Maybe too much exasperation from marking. I like your galah :-) kate in forbes
 
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