Tuesday, December 25, 2018
The Sky This Week - Thursday December 27 to Thursday January 3
The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday, December 29. The Earth is at Perihelion on January 3, where it is closest to the Sun.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (45 minutes before sunrise)
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
During the holidays many people will be away from the city lights. This is a perfect time to observe our wonderful southern sky. The Milky way stretches from the Southern cross in the south to the distinctive constellation of Orion and beyond. The Magellanic clouds, dwarf galaxies, are easily seen away from the city lights.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. Click to embiggen.
Venus climbs higher in the morning skies and is visited by the Moon on January 2.
Mercury is low in the morning twilight.
Jupiter climbs higher in the morning sky.
Mars is in Pisces and is readily seen as the brightest object in the western evening sky. Mars sets after midnight.
Saturn 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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