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Monday, August 24, 2020

 

Sky This Week - Thursday August 27 to Thursday September 3

The Full Moon is Wednesday, September 2. Three bright planets are visible in the very early morning skies. Venus is below Orion and the bright star Procyon. Mars is rising well before midnight. Jupiter and Saturn dominate the evening sky but Jupiter now sets before morning twilight. On the 29th the waxing Moon makes a triangle with Saturn and the Moon. Mercury enters the evening twilight.

The Full Moon is Wednesday, September 2. 
 
 Evening sky at 18:20 ACST (30 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, August 29 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Mercury is low above the Eastern horizon in te twilight.



Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.
 
 
 
 
Evening sky at 19:19 ACST (90 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, August 29 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
Saturday, August 29 showing the north-eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:15 am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise). Venus is below the arm of Orion forming a triangle with the bright stars Betelgeuse and Procyon. 

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 30 showing the whole sky as seen from Adelaide at 4:25 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.





 
Three bright planets grace the early morning sky, this will be the last week to see them as soon Saturn will set before Venus rises. 

Mercury is returns to the evening twilight, and should be readily seen by the weeks end.

Venus is below the arm of Orion forming a triangle with the bright stars Betelgeuse and Procyon. 

 Mars is visible high in the morning sky to the north, It enters the evening sky shortly around late evening but is still low to the horizon until late evening. 
  
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. On the 29th the waxing Moon makes a triangle with Saturn and the Moon.

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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