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Monday, April 27, 2020

 

Sky This Week - Thursday April 30 to Thursday May 7

The First Quarter Moon is Friday, May1 and the full Moon Thursday May 7. Venus is prominent in the evening sky well after twilight heading towards Beta Tauri (Elnath). Three bright planets are visible in the morning skies. Jupiter dominates the morning skies near Saturn and the pair are above Mars. Jupiter and Saturn are now rising before midnight, but are still best in the morning. Eta Aquariid Meteor shower (best mornings May 6-7)

The First Quarter Moon is Friday, May1 and the full Moon Thursday May 7.The Moon is at Perigee, when It is closest to the Earth, on May 6.

Evening sky at 18:28 ACST on Saturday, May 2 (60 minutes after sunset) looking west as seen from Adelaide. Venus is prominent low in the sky near Beta Tauri (Elnath). The inset shows the telescope view of Venus.

Venus is a distinct "crescent Moon" shape in even small telescopes. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia 60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen.



Morning sky at 5:27 am ACST (90 minutes minutes before sunrise) facing north-east as seen from Adelaide on Saturday, May 2.

Three bright planets are dominating the morning skies. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are high in the morning sky.




Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia 90 minutes minutes before sunrise.

Morning sky on Wednesday, May 6 looking north-east as seen from Brisbane  at 5:00 am local time (around 90 minutes before sunrise) showing the eta Aquariid meteor shower radiant as a star burst. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (around 90 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).

The eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks on the late evening/early morning of  6-7 May in Australia,

You should see a meteor every four minutes or so  under dark skies.



Venus is prominent low above the western horizon in the early evening sky. Venus is seen up to 90 minutes after sunset and was be at greatest brilliance last week. Venus is leaving behind the beautiful Hyades cluster and closing in on the bright star Elnath (Beta Tauri).

Three bright planets grace the morning sky.

Mercury is lost in the twilight.

 Mars is visible high in the morning sky below Jupiter and Saturn. 

Jupiter climbs higher in the morning sky and now can be seen in the late evening 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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