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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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