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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

 

Thursday November 19 to Thursday November 26

The First Quarter Moon is Sunday November 22. The bright planet Venus  in the twilight morning skies.  Three bright planets dominate the evening sky. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn make the evening skies stunning.The crescent Moon is near Jupiter on the 19th and forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn on the 20th. The waxing Moon is close to Mars on the 25th and 26th.

The First Quarter Moon is Sunday November 22.

Evening sky at 21:43 ACDST (90 minutes after sunset) on Thursday, November 19 facing west as seen
from Adelaide. The pair of Jupiter and Saturn are above the north-west horizon.  The crescent Moon is close to Jupiter forming a triangle with Saturn. On Friday the moon forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn.

 The 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.

Whole sky at 21:44 ACDST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, November 21 as seen from
Adelaide.


Three bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. The Moon moves through the lineup this week. 

 Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset). click to embiggen.


Evening sky at 2155 ACDST  on  Wednesday, November 25 facing north as seen from Adelaide. Mars is above the northern horizon near the waxing Moon. Mars is past opposition, but is still excellent. more details here

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, November 21 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 4:55 am ACDST (60 minutes before sunrise). Venus is getting lower to the horizon. The comet C/2020 S3 Erasmus is visible in binoculars above Venus.

The left inset is the telescopic view of Venus at this time. The right inset is the binocular view of the comet.
 
 Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.

 
This week three bright planets,  Jupiter, Saturn and Mars can be seen at astronomical twilight, 90 minutes after sunset. Mars is high above the northern horizon and although slowly dimming, bright red Mars is unmistakable.The moon travels through the planetary lineup this week.

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. The waxing Moon is close to Mars on the 25th and 26th. 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 three finger-widths apart at the beginning of the week but slowly draw closer. The pair are prominent in the evening skies along with Mars. On the 19th the crescent Moon is close to Jupiter forming a triangle with Saturn. On the 20th the Moon form a line with the pair
 
 Saturn too is visible in the early evening skies in the west and is also 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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