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Tuesday, November 03, 2020


Thursday November 5 to Thursday November 12

The Last Quarter Moon is Sunday November 8 . The bright planet Venus  in the twilight morning skies.  Three bright planets are dominate the evening sky. Mars is past opposition but is still making the sky stunning along with  Jupiter and Saturn.

The Last Quarter Moon is Sunday November 8.   

Evening sky at 21:28 ACDST (90 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, November 8 facing west as seen
from Adelaide. The pair of Jupiter and Saturn are above the north-west horizon.  


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 21:28 ACDST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, November 8 as seen from Adelaide.

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

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

Evening sky at 21:25 ACDST  on  Thursday, November 8 facing northeast as seen from Adelaide. Mars is above the north-eastern horizon. 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 8 showing the north-eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:07 am ACDST (60 minutes before sunrise). Venus is getting lower to the horizon.

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 three bright planets,  Jupiter, Saturn and Mars can be  seen at astronomical twilight, 90 minutes after sunset. Mars reasonably high above the horizon and bright red Mars is unmistakable.

Mercury is lost in the twilight..

Venus is still readily visible low above the horizon in the morning.

 Mars is visible in the morning sky to the north-west, It is now readily visible in the evening sky. 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. Jupiter and Saturn start a bit under a hand-span apart at the beginning of the week but slowly draw closer. The pair are prominent in the evening skies along with Mars.
 Saturn too is visible in the early evening skies 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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Hi Ian, love your blog, thanks. I have been in outback NSW in dark sky areas last 3 weeks. I was surprised to find Andromeda galaxy with assistance from Google Skymap. It is a few hands above the NW horizon around 10.00pm and later. It is very faint but I thought it might be worth a mention in the blog. A good view canbe had with 10x50 binoculars or 42x telescope eyepiece for a nice wide view.
A very good point, I will make a mention of it a bit later as this is indeed a good time to see Andromeda.
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