Monday, February 18, 2019
The Sky This Week - Thursday February 21 to Thursday February 28
Last Quarter Moon is Tuesday, February 26.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise).
The Pleiades and Hyades also grace the north-western sky.
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
C/2018 Y1 is a "bright" comet that should be readily visible in binoculars, however, at the beginning of the week the Moon interferes significantly with seeing it. Later in the week the comet is well placed for viewing. However this is the last week of good viewing from Australia.
More details and black and white charts suitable for printing are here.
Venus is bright in the morning skies below Jupiter and Saturn. The pair are closest on the 19th. but are now moving away from each other as Saturn climbs higher.
Mercury is lost in the twilight
Jupiter climbs higher in the morning sky. On the morning of the 28t the waning Mon is clsoe to Jupiter.
Mars is in Pisces and is readily seen as the brightest object in the western evening sky. Mars sets around 10:30pm.
Saturn is climbs higher in the morning sky heading away from Venus.
Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEDST, Western sky at 10 pm AEDST. 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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