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Tuesday, October 06, 2020

 

Thursday October 8 to Thursday October 15

The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday October 10. The bright planets Venus and Mars are visible in the early morning skies. Venus is below the bright star Regulus. On the 14th Venus is close to the crescent Moon. Four bright planets are (just) visible in evening sky. Brightening Mars is at opposition on the 14th making the sky stunning along with  Jupiter and Saturn. This is the best opposition of Mars until 2033. Mercury is high in the evening twilight but soon gets lower.

The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday October 10. 

Evening sky at 20:22 ACDST (60 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, October 10 facing west as seen from Adelaide. Mercury is easily seen above the Western horizon in the late twilight. Mercury is high in the evening twilight.
 

 

 

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

Whole sky at 20:53 ACDST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, October 10 as seen from Adelaide.

Four bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Mercury 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 (90 minutes after sunset). click to embiggen.

Evening sky at 21:00 ACDST  on  Wednesday, October 14 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Mars is above the eastern horizon just above the Moon. Mars is at opposition, the best until 2033. more details here.

The variable start Mira is still visible to the unaided eye.

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 Wednesday, October 14 showing the north-eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:38 am ACDST (60 minutes before sunrise). Venus is below the bright star Regulus in Leo. and close to the crescent Moon.

The inset is 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.


 
This week four bright planets, Mercury , Jupiter, Saturn and Mars can be (just) seen at astronomical twilight, 90 minutes after sunset. Mercury and Mars will be low on the horizon but bright red mars is unmistakable.

Mercury is lowering in the evening twilight but is still high this week.

Venus is below the bright star Regulus. It is close to the crescent Moon on the 14th.

 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. Mars is at opposition, when it is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 14th. Observing details and more at the Mars Opposition site.
  
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 are prominent in the evening skies along with Mars. 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 too is 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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