Monday, August 26, 2019
The Sky This Week - Thursday August 29 to Thursday September 5
The New Moon is Friday August 30. The Moon is at Perigee, when it is closest to the Earth, on the 31st.
The left upper insert shows the telescopic view of Jupiter at this time. Io will pass behind jupiter at around 23:00. The left lower inset shows the telescopic view of Saturn at the same time and scale
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time , click to embiggen.
If you draw and imaginary line between Hadar (ß Centauri) and Mimosa (ß Crucis), then draw another imaginary line perpendicular to this out on one and a half Hadar -Mimosa distances, you will be at omega (ω) Centauri. (Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia, click to embiggen).
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset) , click to embiggen.
Globe at night world wide light pollution Survey finishes August 31 https://www.globeatnight.org/about.php
Venus is lost in the morning twilight and will return to the evening sky in mid-September.
Mercury is lost in the twilight and will return to the evening sky mid-September near Venus.
Jupiter is now well past opposition. However, it is still well worth observing. Jupiter is easily visible as the brightest object in the north-western/western sky (aside from the Moon) and is located just below the distinctive constellation of Scorpius and the bright red star Antares. It is visible all evening long and is a good telescope target in the evening, being highest above the northern horizon around 6:30 pm local time.
Mars is lost in the twilight.
Saturn was at opposition on July 10th, when it was visible all night long. Saturn is to the east of Jupiter and just below the "handle" of the "teapot of Sagittarius. It is best for telescopic viewing from just around astronomical twilight local time until the early morning and is highest above the northern horizon when it is ideal for telescopic imaging, around 8:30 pm local time.
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.
Star Map via Virtual sky. Use your mouse to scroll around and press 8 when your pointer is in the map to set to current time.
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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