Tuesday, March 07, 2017
The Sky This Week - Thursday March 9 to Thursday March 16
The Full Moon is Monday March 13.
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (that is 60 minutes after local sunset, click to embiggen).
Venus is now lost in the twilight.
Mars is in the western evening skies in Pisces. It is is low in the dusk sky, but is the brightest object above the western horizon low in the late twilight.
Jupiter is rising well before midnight and is now reasonably high above the horizon in the late evening this week. It is close to the bright star Spica, the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo. On the 14th Jupiter is between the waning Moon and Spica, making a nice sight.
Jupiter is a good telescopic target from around midnight on, and the dance of its Moons is visible even in binoculars. The following Jupiter events are in AEDST.
Thu 9 Mar 4:11 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian Thu 9 Mar 22:07 Io : Shadow Transit Ends T Thu 9 Mar 22:45 Io : Transit Ends Fri 10 Mar 0:02 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian Sat 11 Mar 5:49 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian Sat 11 Mar 6:21 Eur: Disappears into Eclipse Sun 12 Mar 1:40 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian Sun 12 Mar 21:31 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian Mon 13 Mar 0:30 Eur: Shadow Transit Begins S Mon 13 Mar 1:47 Eur: Transit Begins ST Mon 13 Mar 2:59 Eur: Shadow Transit Ends T Mon 13 Mar 4:07 Eur: Transit Ends Tue 14 Mar 3:18 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian Tue 14 Mar 3:45 Gan: Disappears into Eclipse Tue 14 Mar 5:59 Io : Disappears into Eclipse Tue 14 Mar 6:13 Gan: Reappears from Eclipse Tue 14 Mar 6:21 Gan: Disappears into Occultation Tue 14 Mar 23:09 Eur: Reappears from Occultation Tue 14 Mar 23:09 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian Wed 15 Mar 3:20 Io : Shadow Transit Begins S Wed 15 Mar 3:54 Io : Transit Begins ST Wed 15 Mar 5:32 Io : Shadow Transit Ends T Wed 15 Mar 6:04 Io : Transit Ends Thu 16 Mar 0:28 Io : Disappears into Eclipse Thu 16 Mar 3:11 Io : Reappears from Occultation Thu 16 Mar 4:56 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian Thu 16 Mar 21:48 Io : Shadow Transit Begins S Thu 16 Mar 22:20 Io : Transit Begins ST
The inset shows the telescopic view of Saturn at this time. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise). (click to embiggen).
Saturn rises higher in darker morning skies this week. Saturn is now high enough above eastern horizon to see easily and is now a good telescopic target. It continues to climb into darker skies as the week progresses. It is within binocular distance of the Triffid and Lagoon nebula, which makes for nice viewing.
The constellation of Scorpio is a good guide to locating Saturn. The distinctive curl of Scorpio is easy to see above the eastern horizon, locate the bright red star, Antares, and the look below that towards the horizon, the next bright object is Saturn.
Mercury is lost in the twilight.
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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