Tuesday, January 08, 2019
The Sky This Week - Thursday January 10 to Thursday January 17
The First Quarter Moon is Monday, January 14.
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 Moon is a waxing crescent so this is still an excellent time to look at the wonderful clusters and nebula of our southern skies with the unaided eye or binoculars.
The Milky way stretches from the Southern cross in the south to the distinctive constellation of Orion and beyond. The Milky ways' satellite dwarf galaxies, the Magellanic clouds, (between and below the bright stars Canopus and Achernar) are easily seen away from the city lights. This is the last week to get a good look at these wonders before the Moons light washes them out.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. Click to embiggen.
Venus climbs higher in the morning skies and Jupiter is heading towards it.
Mercury is low in the morning twilight and is near Saturn on the 14th. You will need a level unobstructed horizon to see them and may need binouclars to pick them u in the twilight glow. This is the least week Mercury is visible before disappearing in the twilight
Jupiter climbs higher in the morning sky heading towards Venus.
Mars is in Pisces and is readily seen as the brightest object in the western evening sky. Mars sets after midnight and is close to the waxing Moon on the 12th and 13th.
Saturn is returns to the morning sky low to the twilight and is close to Mercury on the 14th.
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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