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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

 

Sky This Week - Thursday July 9 to Thursday July 16

The Last Quarter Moon is Monday, July 13. Four bright planets are visible in the morning skies. Venus is in the head of Taurus the Bull and is close to the bright star Aldebaran on the 12th and 13th. Mars is rising before midnight and is close to the waning moon on the evening of the 11th, morning of the 12th. Jupiter and Saturn are easily visible in the evening sky. Jupiter is at opposition, when is is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 14th.

The Last Quarter Moon is Monday, July 13.  The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth on  the 13th..


Evening sky at 18:51 ACST (90 minutes after sunset) on Tuesday, July 14 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 this time. Ion is crossing the face of Jupiter and will soon exit.



Similar views will bee seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.


Morning sky on Sunday, July 12 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 6:23 am ACST (60 minutes before sunrise). Crescent Venus is in the Hyades cluster (the head of Taurus the Bull) and closest to the ed star Aldebaran, the eye of the Bull. The inset shows the telescopic view of Venus at this time. 

Mercury is low on the horizon and difficult to see without binoculars.


Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.
Morning sky on Sunday, July 12 showing the whole sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:53 am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise).




Four bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Jupiter, Saturn Mars and Venus. Mars is just below the almost last quarter Moon and Venus is close to the bright star Aldebaran. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise)  click to embiggen.


Mercury is difficult to see low in the morning twilight.

Four bright planets grace the morning sky.


Venus  moves through the Hyades (the head of Taurus the Bull) and is closest to the bright red Aldebaran (the eye of the Bull) on the 12th and 13th.

 Mars is visible high in the morning sky to the north, east of Jupiter and Saturn.It enters the evening sky shortly before midnight but is still low to the horizon. Mars is close to the waning Moon on the evening of the 11th and the morning on the 12.
 
Jupiter is lowering in the morning sky and now can be readily seen in the early evening sky. Jupiter and Saturn stay around a hand-span apart during the week. Jupiter is at opposition, when is is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 14th.

Saturn is also lowering in the morning sky near Jupiter drawing away from Mars. It too is now visible in the early 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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