Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The Sky This Week - Thursday November 27 to Thursday December 4
The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday November 29. The Moon is at perigee, when it is closest to the Earth, on November the 28th.
Venus is very difficult to see low on the western horizon in the twilight. At civil twilight, half an hour after sunset, it is a mere 3 finger-widths above the horizon. While Venus is bright it might be pssible to see not long after sunset, but you will need a flat, clear horizon like the ocean to see it.
Mars is easily seen in the western evening sky, setting just before midnight. Mars was at opposition, when it is biggest and brightest, on the 9th of April, and is still readily distinguishable as the bright red/orange object above the western horizon in the early evening.
Mars is still in the constellation of Sagittarius, but enters the constellation of Capricornius by the end of the week.
Saturn is lost in the twilight.
Mercury is ilost in the twilight.
Jupiter rises higher in the morning sky, and now is easy to see above the horizon before twilight. Jupiter is the brightest object above the northern horizon. It is now not far from the bright star Regulus in the sickle of Leo (this forms the head of the constellation of the Lion).
It is now high enough for good telescopic observation before astronomical twilight.
Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS is visible in the evening sky from around 8 pm. With the Moon gone from the evening sky. It has now faded to where it is no longer visible in binoculars, but is still visible in even small amateur scopes under dark sky conditions.
At magnitude 8.0 you will need to let your eyes adapt to darkness to see the comet clearly.
There are lots of interesting things in the sky to view with a telescope. Especially with Mars prominent in the early evening sky. If you don't have a telescope, now is a good time to visit one of your local astronomical societies open nights or the local planetariums.
Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEST, Western sky at 10 pm AEST. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch.
Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.
Labels: weekly sky
This piqued my curiosity and I would love to know more about what I saw!