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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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