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Monday, April 03, 2017


Southern Skywatch April, 2017 edition is now out!

Morning sky as seen on April 24 and hour defore sunrise. The crescent Moon is close to crescent Venus. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. (click to embiggen).

The April edition of Southern Skywatch is  up (still late again, sorry, but getting better).

This month  Mars is low to the horizon. On the 28th the thin crescent Moon, Mars and the star Aldebaran are close low in the twilight

 Jupiter is at opposition of the 8th, when it is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth. This is an ideal time to watch the banded world in a telescope. Jupiter is a hand-span from the bright star Spica for most of this month. On the 10th the Moon, Jupiter and Spica from a line.

Saturn enters the evening sky this month. Saturn is close to the Triffid and Lagoon Nebulae. On the 16st Saturn is close to the waning Moon.

Mercury returns to the morning sky late in the month, but will be hard to see.

Venus returns to the morning sky this month. The crescent Moon is close to crescent Venus on the 24th.


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