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Sunday, June 16, 2019

 

The Sky This Week - Thursday June 20 to Thursday June 27

The last Quarter Moon is Tuesday June 25. Mars is visible low in the evening twilight with Mercury above it. Jupiter is easily visible as the brightest object in the evening skies. Saturn climbs higher in the late evening skies.  Venus is closing in on the horizon and is becoming more difficult to see in the twilight.

The last Quarter Moon is Tuesday June 25. The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth on the 23rd.

Morning sky on Saturday, June 22 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 6:55 ACST (30 minutes before sunrise). 







 Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).



Sky at 20:00 ACST on Saturday, June 22 looking east as seen from Adelaide. Jupiter is just after opposition, and high above the eastern horizon with Saturn below. The left upper insert inset shows the telescopic view of Jupiter at this 21:35, with Io just about to go behind Jupiter. The left lower insert that of Saturn.




Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time, click to embiggen.

Evening sky on Saturday, June 22  as seen looking north-west from Adelaide at 18:12 ACST (60 minutes after sunset). Mars is below Mercury.






Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).






Venus is still bright low in the morning twilight.

Mercury  climbs higher in the evening twilight, heading away from Mars, but is still best seen with a level, clear horizon.

Jupiter  Jupiter was  at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 11th. However it is well worth observing for some time after opposition. It is visible al night long and is a good telescope target in the evening, being highest above the northern horizon around 11 pm. Amateurs with medium to large telescopes may want to monitor the "unravelling" of Jupiter's red spot.

Mars is in Gemini just below birther Mercury, during the week Mercury leaves Mars behind.

Saturn  climbs higher in the evening sky but it still best for telescopic viewing in the early morning.

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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Monday, June 10, 2019

 

The Sky This Week - Thursday June 13 to Thursday June 20

The Full Moon is Monday June 17. Mars is visible low in the evening twilight with Mercury near it. Mars and Mercury are closest on the 18th. Jupiter is easily visible in the evening skies and wass at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 11th. Jupiter is close to the Moon on the 16th.Saturn climbs higher in the late evening skies and is close to the Moon on the 19th.  Venus is closing in on the horizon and is close to the bright red star Aldebaran on the 16th.

The Full Moon is Monday June 17.

Morning  sky on Saturday, June 15  as seen from Adelaide at 6:22 ACST (60 minutes before sunrise).  Three bright planets can be seen. Jupiter and Saturn are above the western and north-western horizon. Venus is low above the eastern horizon.



 Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).







Morning sky on Sunday, June 16 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 6:18 ACST (60 minutes before sunrise).  Venus is very close to the thin crescent Moon.



 Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).



Sky at 20:00 ACST on Sunday, June 16 looking east as seen from Adelaide. Jupiter is just after opposition, and high above the eastern horizon not far from the almost full Moon with Saturn below. The left upper insert inset shows the telescopic view of Jupiter at this 21:35, with Io just about to go behind Jupiter. The left lower insert that of Saturn.




Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time, click to embiggen.

Evening sky on Tuesday, June 18  as seen looking north-west from Adelaide at 17:55 ACST (45 minutes after sunset). Mars is in the constellation of Gemini, Mercury is just above the horizon.




Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (45 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).






Venus is still bright in the morning twilight although it is coming closer to the horizon. During thewek it comes close to the Hyades star cluster, and on the morning of the 16th it is closest to the bright red star Aldebaran

Mercury  climbs higher in the evening twilight, heading towards Mars, but is still best seen with a level, clear horizon. On the 18th Mars and Mercury are that their closest, with Mercury the brighter of the two. After this Mercury is above Mars.

Jupiter  Jupiterwas s at opposition, when it wass biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 11th. However it is well worth observeing for some time after opposition. It is visible al night long and is a good telescope target in the evening, being highest above the northern horizon around 11 pm. Amateurs with medium to large telescopes may want to monitor the "unravelling" of Jupiter's red spot.

Mars is in Gemini. Mars starts the week close to  Wasat, delta Geminorum then moves away during the week. Mars sets around 7:00pm. On the 18th Mars and Mercury are that their closest, with Mercury the brighter of the two. After this Mercury is above Mars.

Saturn  climbs higher in the evening sky but it still best for telescopic viewing in the early morning. The waning Moon will be close to Saturn on the 19th.

 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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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

 

The Sky This Week - Thursday June 6 to Thursday June 13

The First Quarter Moon is Monday June 10. Mars is visible low in the evening twilight with Mercury below it. Jupiter is easily visible in the evening skies and is at opposition, when it is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 11th. Saturn climbs higher in the late evening skies.  The morning skies feature three bright planets Jupiter, Saturn and bright Venus. Venus is closing in on the horizon.

The First Quarter Moon is Monday June 10. The Moon is at perigee, when it is closest to the Earth, on June 10.

Morning  sky on Saturday, June 8  as seen from Adelaide at 6:19 ACST (60 minutes before sunrise).  Three bright planets can be seen. Jupiter and Saturn are above the western and north-western horizon. Venus is low above the eastern horizon.



 Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).


Sky at 20:00 ACST on Tuesday, June 11 looking east as seen from Adelaide. Jupiter is at opposition, and high above the eastern horizon with Saturn below. The left upper insert inset shows the telescopic view of Jupiter at this time, the left lower insert that of Saturn.




Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time, click to embiggen.


Evening sky on Saturday, June 8  as seen looking north-west from Adelaide at 17:55 ACST (45 minutes after sunset). Mars is in the constellation of Gemini, Mercury is just above the horizon.




Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (45 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).






Venus is still bright in the morning twilight although it is coming closer to the horizon.

Mercury  climbs higher in the evening twilight, heading towards Mars, but is still best seen with a level, clear horizon.

Jupiter  Jupiter is at opposition, when it is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 11th. it is visible al night long and is a good telescope target in the evening, being highest above the northern horizon around midnight. Amateurs with medium to large telescopes may want to monitor the "unravelling" of Jupiter's red spot. Although opposition is on the 11th, Jupiter will be bright and big in telescopes for many week to come.

Mars is in Gemini. Mars heads towards Wasat, delta Geminorum during the week. Mars sets around 7:00pm.

Saturn  climbs higher in the evening sky but it still best for telescopic viewing in the early morning.

 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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