Tuesday, December 24, 2019
The Sky This Week - Thursday December 26 to Thursday January 2
The New Moon is Thursday, December 26. The Moon is at apogee when it is furthest from the Earth on January the 2nd
The left upper insert shows the telescopic view of Venus at this time. It is a distinct gibbous shape.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia 60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen.
Mars is low above the horizon
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. (60 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).
Venus is higher above the western horizon in the early evening sky. Venus is now readily seen up to 90 minutes after sunset. Venus is close to the crescent Moon on the 29th.
Mercury is lost in the twilight.
Jupiter is lost in the twilight glow.
Mars is visible in the morning twilight.
Saturn is lost in the twilight.
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.
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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