Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Thursday December 24 to Thursday December 31
The Full Moon is Wednesday December 30. The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the earth, on the 25th'
Evening sky at 21:01 ACDST (30 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, December 26 facing west as seen from Adelaide. The pair of Jupiter and Saturn are low above the western horizon. The pair are now past their spectacular close approach but still close together and visible together in wide field telescope eyepieces.
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 (30 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.
Saturday, December 26 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 (60 minutes after sunset). click to embiggen.
Morning sky on Saturday, December 26 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:10 am ACDST (45 minutes before sunrise). Venus is getting lower to the horizon. You may need a level, unobstructed horizon to see this.
Venus is still visible low above the horizon in the morning. You may need a level, unobstructed horizon to see Venus.
Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. The waxing Moon is near Mars on the 24th. 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. Mars.
Jupiter can be readily seen in the low in early evening sky in the west. Jupiter and Saturn start out less than half a finger-width apart at the beginning of the week but slowly draw away from each other being just over a finger-width apart at the end of the week. However, they are also lowering in the twilight and become progressively harder to see.
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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