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Wednesday, September 02, 2020

 

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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