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Monday, August 10, 2020

 

Sky This Week - Thursday August 13 to Thursday August 20

The New Moon is Wednesday, August 19. Four bright planets are visible in the very early morning skies. Venus is below the arm of Orion and is visited by the crescent Moon on the 16th. Mars is rising before midnight. Jupiter and Saturn are easily visible in the evening sky but Jupiter now sets before morning twilight. Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE is still (just) visible in binoculars. 

The New Moon is Wednesday, August 19.

Evening sky at 19:06 ACST (90 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, August 15 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Jupiter and Saturn are high above the Eastern horizon.

The insets show the telescopic view of the planets at the same magnification at this time.


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


Morning sky on Sunday, August 16 showing the north-eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:29 am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise). Venus is below the arm of Orion and above the crescent Moon.  

The inset in the telescopic view of Venus at this time

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.

Morning sky on Sunday, August 16 showing the whole sky as seen from Adelaide at 4:30 am ACST.

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. click to embiggen.





Evening sky at 19:10 ACST (90 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, August 15 facing north-west as seen from Adelaide.

Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE  is climbing higher in our skies. It requires binoculars to see. It will looks like a fuzzy dot and a small tail might be visible from dark sky sites.


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


Four bright planets grace the early morning sky. 

Pluto Neptune and Uranus are also part of this line-up, but unable to be seen with the unaided eye.

Mercury is lost in the morning twilight.

Venus is below the arm of Orion above the crescent Moon.

 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. 
  
Jupiter can be readily seen in the early evening sky. Jupiter and Saturn stay around a hand-span apart during the week and the pair dominate the evening skies. Jupiter was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on July the 14th, but is still an excellent sight.

Saturn is too is now visible in the early evening skies. Saturn was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on July the 21st, but is still an excellent sight.

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 the 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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