Wednesday, March 20, 2019
The Sky This Week - Thursday March 21 to Thursday March 28
The the Full Moon is Thursday 21 March and the Last Quarter Moon is Thursday, March 28, the Moon is at Perigee, when it is closest to the Earth, on the 20th. The Earth is at Autumnal Equinox on the 21st. Day and night are of equal length and the Sun rises due East and Sets due west (Hence Adelaide Henge).
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise).
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time .
The Pleiades and Hyades also grace the north-western sky. Mars comes closer to the Pleiades over the week and is within binocular distance on the 28th.
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
The Earth is at Autumnal Equinox on the 21st. The Sun will rise due east and will set due west and Adelaide Henge will occur. This means that around these dates the setting/rising sun will light up the east-west streets of the Adelaide CBD at sunrise/sunset around the date of equinox. See details here.
Venus is bright in the morning skies below Jupiter and Saturn.
Mercury climbs out of the twilight and is visible below Venus by the end of the week.
Jupiter Jupiter is now rising just before midnight in the evening sky, but is low to the horizon and not a good telescope target until the morning. Jupiter is close to the last quarter Moon on the 28th.
Mars moves from Aries to Taurus and is the brightest object in low in the western evening sky. Mars sets around 9:30pm. Mars comes closer to the beautiful Pleiades cluster over the week and is within binocular distance on the 28th.
Saturn is climbs higher in the morning sky. The Last quarter Moon is between Jupiter and Saturn on the 28th.
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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