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Monday, September 21, 2020

 

Thursday September 24 to Thursday October 1

The First Quarter Moon is Thursday September 24. The bright planets Venus and Mars are visible in the early morning skies. Venus is below the bright star Procyon and is close to the bright star Regulus. While brightening Mars is rising well before midnight, Jupiter and Saturn still dominate the evening sky. On the 24th the Moon forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn.On the 25th the Moon forms a triangle with Jupiter and Saturn. On the 26th the line is Jupiter, Saturn and Moon. Mercury climbs above the bright star Spica in the evening twilight. 


The First Quarter Moon is Thursday September 24.

Evening sky at 19:09 ACST (60 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, September 25 facing west as seen from Adelaide. Mercury is easily seen above the Western horizon in the late twilight. Mercury is above the bright star Spica.


 

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.

 

Whole sky at 19:39 ACST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Friday September 25 as seen from Adelaide.

Three bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.  The Moon forms a triangle with Jupiter and Saturn. The insets show the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at the same magnification at this time and the view of Jupiter and the Moon. 

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

Evening sky at 22:00 ACST  on Saturday, September 26 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Mars is above the eastern horizon. The variable start Mira is visible to the unaided eye now, should be at its predicted maximum brightness.

The inset shows the telescopic view of Mars at this time.


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

Morning sky on
Thursday, October 1 showing the north-eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 4:57 am ACST (60 minutes before sunrise). Venus is close to the bright star Regulus in Leo.

The inset in the telescopic view of Venus at this time.

 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.


Mercury climbs higher in the evening twilight, and is seen readily above the bright star Spica. .

Venus is below the bright star Procyon and is coming closer to the bright star Regulus.

 Mars is visible in the morning sky to the north, It is now readily visible in the late evening sky but is still best after midnight. Mars is close to the brightening variable star Mira.
  
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 24th the Moon forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn. On the 25th the Moon forms a triangle with Jupiter and Saturn. On the 26th the line is Jupiter, Saturn and 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. On the 24th the Moon forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn. On the 25th the Moon forms a triangle with Jupiter and Saturn. On the 26th the line is Jupiter, Saturn and Moon.

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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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

 

Thursday September 17 to Thursday September 24

The New Moon is Thursday September 17, the First Quarter Moon is Thursday September 24. The bright planets Venus and Mars are visible in the early morning skies. Venus is below the bright star Procyon. While brightening Mars is rising well before midnight, Jupiter and Saturn still dominate the evening sky. On the 24th the Moon forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn. Mercury climbs towards the bright star Spica in the evening twilight. On the 19th Mercury and the crescent Moon form a triangle with Spica. On the 22nd Mercury and Spica are extremely close.

The New Moon is Thursday September 17, the First Quarter Moon is Thursday September 24.On the 18th the Moon is at perigee, when it is closest to Earth. Earth is at Equinox of the 22nd, when day and night are of equal length.

Evening sky at 19:05 ACST (60 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, September 19 facing west as seen from Adelaide. Mercury is easily seen above the Western horizon in the late twilight. Mercury forms a triangle with the bright star Spica and the crescent Moon.


 

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.


Evening sky at 19:07 ACST (60 minutes after sunset) on Wednesday, September 22 facing west as seen from Adelaide. Mercury is easily seen above the Western horizon in the late twilight. At this time Mercury is spectacularly close to the bright star bright star Spica. The inset is the binocular view of the pair. They will also fit in moderate power telescope fields, but Mercury will be too small to show any detail.

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.

Whole sky at 19:38 ACST on Thursday (90 minutes after sunset), September 24 as seen from Adelaide.

Three bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.  The Moon forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn. The insets show the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at the same magnification at this time.

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

Evening sky at 22:00 ACST  on Saturday, September 19 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Mars is above the eastern horizon. The variable start Mira is visible to the unaided eye now, as it brightens ahead of its maxim later this month.

The inset shows the telescopic view of Mars at this time.


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

Morning sky on Saturday, September 19 showing the north-eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:15 am ACST (60 minutes before sunrise). Venus is below the bright star 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 (60 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.


Mercury climbs higher in the evening twilight, and is seen readily below the bright star Spica. On the 19th Mercury and the crescent Moon form a triangle with Spica. On the 22nd Mercury and Spica are spectacularly close.

Venus is below the bright star Procyon.

 Mars is visible in the morning sky to the north, It is now readily visible in the late evening sky but is still best after midnight. Mars is close to the brightening variable star Mira.
  
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 24th the Moon forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn.
 
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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Monday, September 07, 2020

 

Thursday September 10 to Thursday September 17

The Last Quarter Moon is Thursday, September 10 and the New Moon is Thursday September 17. The bright planets Venus and Mars are visible in the early morning skies. Venus is below Orion and the bright star Procyon. Venus is visited by the thin crescent Moon on the 14th.While brightening Mars is rising well before midnight, Jupiter and Saturn still dominate the evening sky. Mercury climbs towards the bright star Spica in the evening twilight.

The Last Quarter Moon is Thursday, September 10, the New Moon is Thursday September 17.
 
Evening sky at 18:59 ACST (60 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, September 12 facing west as seen from Adelaide. Mercury is easily seen low above the Western horizon in the late twilight. Mercury will climb higher in the evening twilight becoming much easier to see as it heads for the bright star Spica.


Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.

 
 
Whole sky at 22:00 ACST on Saturday, September 12 as seen from Adelaide.

Three bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.  The insets show the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at the same magnification at this time.
 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time. click to embiggen.
 

Evening sky at 22:00 ACST  on Saturday, September 12 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Mars is above the eastern horizon. The variable start Mira should be visible to the unaided eye now, as it brightens ahead of its maxim later this month.

The inset shows the telescopic view of Mars at this time.


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

Morning sky on Monday, September 14 showing the north-eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:22 am ACST (60 minutes before sunrise). Venus is below the bright star Procyon and close to the thin crescent Moon.  The beautiful beehive cluster is between the two, but will only be visible in binoculars.

The inset in the telescopic view of Venus at this time.

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.


Mercury climbs higher in the evening twilight, and should is seen readily below the bright star Spica.

Venus is below the bright star Procyon and close to the thin crescent Moon on the 14th.

 Mars is visible high in the morning sky to the north, It enters the evening sky in the late evening but is still low to the horizon until after midnight. Mars is close to the brightening variable star Mira.
  
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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Wednesday, September 02, 2020

 

Southern Skywatch September 2020 edition is now out!

The evening sky facing west in Adelaide on Saturday September 19 at 19:05 ACDST 60 minutes after sunset, The thin crescent Moon is forms a triangle with Mercury and the bright star Spica.

 

 

 

(similar views will be seen Australia wide at 60 minutes after sunset).

 The September edition of Southern Skywatch is now up.

September 5 Waning Moon near to Mars. September 6; Moon at Apogee. September 14; crescent Moon close to Venus. September 18; Moon at perigee. September 19; the crescent Moon, Mercury, and the bright star Spica form a triangle. September 20; Variable star Mira predicted to be at its brightest. September 22; Mercury, and the bright star Spica are at their closest. September 24; The waxing Moon, Jupiter and Saturn form a line in the evening sky. September 25; waxing Moon close to Jupiter. September 26; Jupiter, Saturn and waxing Moon form a line in the evening sky.

 
Mercury returns to the evening sky, late September and early October are the best times to see Mercury in the evening this year.

Venus is visible below Canis Minor as is close to the crescent Moon on the 14th.

Earth is at equinox on Tuesday, 22 September when day and night are roughly equal in duration.

Mars is close to the Moon on the 5th.

Jupiter climbs higher  the evening sky. On the 24th Jupiter, the Moon and Saturn form a line in the evening sky. On the 25th Jupiter and the Moon are just over a finger-with apart. On the 26th the lineup is Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon.

Saturn  climbs higher in  the evening sky. 24th Jupiter, the Moon and Saturn form a line in the evening sky. On the 26th the lineup is Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon.

September 6; Moon at Apogee.   September 18; Moon at perigee.

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Sky This Week - Thursday September 3 to Thursday September 10

The Last Quarter Moon is Thursday, September 10. The bright planets Venus and Mars are visible in the early morning skies. Venus is below Orion and the bright star Procyon. While brightening Mars is rising well before midnight, Jupiter and Saturn still dominate the evening sky. Mars and the waning Moon are close on the 5th. Mercury climbs towards the bright star Spica in the evening twilight.

The Last Quarter Moon is Thursday, September 10.The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth, on the 6th
 

 Evening sky at 18:20 ACST (30 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, September 5 facing west as seen from Adelaide. Mercury is low above the western horizon in the twilight. Mercury will climb higher in the evening twilight becoming much easier to see as it heads for the bright star Spica.



Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.
 
 
Whole sky at 22:00 ACST on Saturday, September 5 as seen from Adelaide.

Three bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. The Moon is part of this lineup.

 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time. click to embiggen.
 
Evening sky at 23:00 ACST  on Saturday, September 5 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Mars and the waning Moon are above the Eastern horizon.

The inset shows the telescopic view of Mars at this time.


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

Morning sky on Saturday, September 5 showing the north-eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:05 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.


Mercury climbs higher in 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 around late evening but is still low to the horizon until after midnight. Mars and the waning Moon are close on the 5th.
  
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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