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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

 

Sky This Week - Thursday July 2 to Thursday July 9

The Full Moon is Sunday, July 5. Four bright planets are visible in the morning skies. Venus is in the head of Taurus the Bull. Jupiter and Saturn are now rising well before midnight and visible in the evening. The full Moon forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn n the 5th and 6th. Comet C/2016 U6 can be seen in binoculars.

The Full Moon is Sunday, July 5.  The Earth is at aphelion on the 4th, when it is furthest from the Sun.


Evening astronomical twilight at 18:41 ACST on Saturday, July 4 (90 minutes after sunset) looking west as seen from Adelaide. Comet C/2016 U6 can be seen in binoculars above Hydrae (Alphard) making it very easy to spot. It is at it's brightest (around magnitude 6) at this time, but the nearly full Moon may make it more difficult to see.

For comet spotters charts see here.


Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia 90 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen.
Evening sky at 21:00 ACST on Sunday, July 5 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Jupiter and Saturn are high above the Eastern horizon. The Moon forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn.

The insets shows the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at the same scale at 21:00 ACST.



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


Morning sky on Saturday, July 4 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 6:17 am ACST (60 minutes before sunrise). Crescent Venus is close to the Hyades cluster (the head of Taurus the Bull). The inset show the telescopic view of Venus at this time.




Similar views will bee seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.
Morning sky on Saturday, July 4 showing the whole sky as seen from Adelaide at 6:17 am ACST (60 minutes before sunrise).





Four bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Jupiter, Saturn Mars and Venus. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise)  click to embiggen.



Mercury is lost in the twilight.

Four bright planets grace the morning sky.


Venus  climbs higher in the morning skies close to the Hyades (the head of Taurus the Bull) and bright red Aldebaran (the eye of the Bull).

 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 readily seen in the evening sky. Jupiter and Saturn stay around a hand-span apart during the week. The Moon forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn on the 5th

Saturn is also lowering in the morning sky near Jupiter drawing away from Mars. It too is now visible in the evening skies. The Moon forms a line with Saturn and Jupiter on the 6th.

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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