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Monday, May 25, 2020

 

Sky This Week - Thursday May 28 to Thursday June 4

The First Quarter Moon is Saturday May 30, this is a "blue" First Quarter Moon, the second in the Month. Venus is lost in the twilight as Mercury rises higher into the late twilight. Three bright planets are visible in the morning skies. Jupiter dominates the morning skies near Saturn and the pair are west of Mars which is almost due north. Jupiter and Saturn are now rising before midnight and visible in the late evening.

The First Quarter Moon is Saturday May 30, this is a "blue" First Quarter Moon, the second in the Month. The Moon is at Perigee, when it is closet to the Earth, on June 3.

Evening nautical twilight at 18:12 ACST on Saturday, May 30 (60 minutes after sunset) looking west as seen from Adelaide. Mercury is reasonably bright low above the horizon, but is better a bit earlier.




Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia 60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen.


Evening sky at 23:00 ACST on Saturday, May 30 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Jupiter and Saturn are rising above the Eastern horizon.

Similar views will bee seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time, click to embiggen.

The inset shows the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at the same scale at 23:00 ACST.





Morning sky on Saturday, May 30 looking north as seen from Adelaide at 5:44 am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise).






Three bright planets are visible high above the northern horizon. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise)  click to embiggen.



Venus is lost in the twilight this week, and will return to the morning skies mid June.

Mercury climbs higher in the evening sky in the twilight this week and is now visible up to 60 minutes after sunset.

Three bright planets grace the morning sky.

 Mars is visible high in the morning sky to the north, east of Jupiter and Saturn.
 
Jupiter is lowering 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 is also lowering in the morning sky near Jupiter drawing away from Mars. It too is now visible in the late evening skies.

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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