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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

 

The Sky This Week - Thursday May 26 to Thursday June 2

The Last Quarter Moon is Sunday May 29. Jupiter is visible all evening long. Mars is visible all night long. Saturn is close to the red star Antares and forms a triangle with Mars. Mercury climbs higher the morning sky. Venus is lost in the twilight.Comet C/2013 X1 PanSTARRS is visible in binoculars in the morning sky.

The Last Quarter Moon is Sunday May 29.

Evening sky on Saturday May 28 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 22:00 ACST. The inset is the telescopic view of Jupiter at 20:00 ACST. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. (click to embiggen).

Jupiter was at opposition on the March 8th, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth. However, Jupiter will be an excellent telescopic target for many weeks to come.

Jupiter is high in the evening sky as the sun sets, and is  good for telescopic observation from around 18:00 on. Jupiter's Moons will be an excellent sight all evening. On the 28st Io crosses Jupiter's face around 19:00, then its shadow follows from around 20:00..

The evening is also graced by the summer constellations of  Orion the Hunter and Canis Major with bright Sirius, the dog star above the western horizon in the early evening.

Evening sky on Saturday May 28 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 22:00 ACST. Mars, Saturn and Antares form a triangle. The inset shows telescopic views of Mars and Saturn. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. (click to embiggen).

Mars is high in the evening skies in the head of the Scorpion.

Mars starts the week in the headin front of the star Dschubba and foring a line with Dschubba and Anatres.  As well Mars forms a triangle with Saturn and the red star Antares. Mars was at opposition on May 22, but Mars will be big and bright for all this week. It is visible all night long. In even small telescopes Mars will be a visible disk, and you should see its markings.

 Saturn is reasonably high in the evening sky and is readily visible below Scorpius. Saturn forms a triangle with Mars and the red star Antares. It is now high enough for good telescopic observation in the evening.

Venus is lost in the twilight.

Morning sky at 6:00 ACST facing east as seen from Adelaide.Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. (click to embiggen).

Mercury climbs higher in the morning sky, but is still low to the horizon.

Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS) is now high enough above the horizon murk in the morning sky to be readily visible before twilight. It is currently around magnitude 7. A guide to seeing it is here.

There are lots of interesting things in the sky to view with a telescope. 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.
Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and night) http://satview.bom.gov.au/

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Hi Ian,

I am starting up an AstroPhiz Podcast. The focus is on astrophysics and radio astronomy and each week I would like to include a segment on backyard/optical astronomy and present info on 'what's up this week'.

A. I realise you already have many commitments but I'd love to have you as a regular presenter on the show to tell us about current astronomical phenomena as featured on your Astroblogger site. The advantage of this is that it would not require any additional work on your part. Would you like to do this?

B. If you are not in a position to talk for about 10mins/week on Skype, could I have your permission to read out relevant stories from your blog?
Attribution will be given in each show, and links to your blog in the shownotes on my Astrophiz Blog.

I'm planning on recording/publishing the first episode over the next 3 weeks, so if you are available to lend your dulcet tones to the show, we would need to have a recorded Skype or phone conversation at a time of your choosing in the near future.

Thanks for considering A and B of this exciting proposal Dr Musgrave/Ian

Cheers,
B

Brendan O'Brien
0498 591 046
@brendano


PS I tried emailing your reynella@mira.net address but it bounced back


On 2 May 2016, at 6:35 PM, Ian Musgrave (via Twitter) wrote:


Dr Brendano (UoW),
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@ianfmusgrave just posted link to your great article on the 'aurora hunters Victoria' Facebook page with your Twitter handle. Great response
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