Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Sky This Week - Thursday April 23 to Thursday April 30
The New Moon is Thursday, April 23.
Venus is a distinct "crescent Moon" shape in even small telescopes. It will be interesting to image crescent Venus and The crescent Moon at this time. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia 60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen.
Three bright planets are dominating the morning skies. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are high in the morning sky. Mercury is low on the horizon and difficult to see. It will be lost in the twilight soon.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the 6:00 am local time.
The dark constellation of the Emu is visible. It;s head the the coal sack below the Southern Cross, it's neck the dark lane the runs through the pointers down to Scorpius, which forms a fringe of feathers on the body. Jupiter and Saturn are close to the horizon near the Emu's legs.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time.
Venus is prominent above the western horizon in the early evening sky. Venus is readily seen up to 90 minutes after sunset and will be at greatest brilliance this week. If you look early in the week before the Moon interferes oyou may be able to see shadows cast by Venus. Venus is near the beautiful Hyades cluster heading towards the bright star Elnath (Beta Tauri). Venus is close to the crescent Moon on the 26th and 27th.
Four bright planets grace the morning sky. This is the last week to see Mercury before it is lost in the twilight.
Mercury is just visible in the early twilight, and will be lost to view soon.
Mars is visible high in the morning sky below Jupiter and Saturn.
Jupiter climbs higher in the morning sky. Jupiter and Saturn stay around a hand-span apart during the week.
Saturn climbs higher in the morning sky below Jupiter drawing away from Mars.
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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