Monday, November 30, 2020
Thursday December 3 to Thursday December 10
The Last Quarter Moon is Tuesday December 9.
from Adelaide. The pair of Jupiter and Saturn are above the western horizon. The pair are visibly closer now, heading for their spectacular meeting later this month.
insets show the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at the same
magnification at this time.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.
Saturday, December 5 as seen from
Three bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.
Similar views will be seen
elsewhere at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset). click to embiggen.
The left inset is the telescopic view of Venus at this time.
Mercury is lost in the twilight.
Venus is still visible low above the horizon in the morning.
Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north -eastern horizon in the early evening. Mars is close to the variable star Mira, which is still reasonably bright. Mars was at opposition, when it is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on October the 14th, but is still worthwhile observing. Observing details and more at the Mars Opposition site.
Jupiter can be readily seen in the early evening sky in the west. Jupiter and Saturn start out two finger-widths apart at the beginning of the week but slowly draw closer heading for their spectacular meeting later this month. The pair are prominent in the early evening skies along with Mars.
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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