Tuesday, March 10, 2020
The Sky This Week - Thursday March 12 to Thursday March 19
The First Quarter Moon is Monday, March 16.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia 60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen.
Four bright planets are dominating the morning skies. Mars is coming closer to Jupiter and the crescent Moon forms an attractive pattern with Jupiter, Mars and Saturn on the 19th.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise).
Betelgeuse has begun brightening again, so keep watching this iconic star.
Betelgeuse is a red giant star which forms a distinctive part of the Constellation of Orion. It is a variable star, with small fluctuations in brightness not visible to the casual observer.
Betelgeuse has dimmed substantially and reached a minimum of around magnitude 1.6, but is now brightening again and is about magnitude 1.4. It is still visibly dimmer than magnitude 1 Aldebaran and roughly as bright as Bellatrix. The next brightest star just to the north of Betelgeuse. Keep an eye on this historic dimming event, observing hints and stars for magnitude estimation are given here. The waning moon will not interfere with estimates of Betelgeuses' brightness during the latter half of the week.
Venus is prominent above the western horizon in the early evening sky. Venus is now readily seen up to 90 minutes after sunset. Venus will come closer to the beautiful Pleiades cluster over the coming weeks.
Four bright planets grace the morning sky and are joined by the crescent moon on the 18th and 19th. There is a particularly attractive grouping on the 19th
Mercury returns to the morning sky and gets visibly brighter during the week.
Mars is visible high in the morning sky. Mars comes closer to Jupiter during the week.
Jupiter climbs higher in the morning sky, closing in on Mars.
Saturn climbs higher in the morning sky below Jupiter.
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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