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Monday, February 01, 2021

 

Thursday February 4 to Thursday February 11

The Last Quarter Moon is Friday February 5. The bright planet Venus is low in the twilight morning skies.Venus is close to Saturn low in the twilight on the 6th, then again close to Jupiter and  the thin crescent Moon low in the twilight skies. Dimming but still bright Mars now dominates the early evening skies.

The Last Quarter Moon is Friday February 5. 

Morning sky on
Saturday, February 6 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide  at 6:13 am ACDST (30 minutes before sunrise). Venus is getting lower to the horizon and is joined by Saturn. The inset shows the approximate binocular view at this time.  You will need a level, unobstructed horizon to see this.  
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.

Whole sky at 21:53 ACDST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, February 6 as seen from 
Adelaide. With the Moon out of the way in the evening, this is an excellent time to observe the constellations, particularly in the area between the Southern Cross and Canopus.

 

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

Evening sky at 21:53 ACDST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, February 6 facing north-west as seen from Adelaide. Mars is the brightest object above the north-western horizon with Uranus nearby.

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

Morning sky on Thursday,  February 11 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide  at 6:18 am ACDST (30 minutes before sunrise). Venus is getting lower to the horizon. The inset shows the approximate view through 10x50 binoculars.

You will need a level, unobstructed horizon to see this and binoculars to see this at its best. 

 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.


Mercury is lost in the twilight.  It will return to the morning sky later in February.

Venus is still visible low above the horizon in the morningYou may need a level, unobstructed horizon to see Venus.  Venus is close to Saturn n the Morning of the 6th and Jupiter and the crescent Moon on the morning of the 11th.

Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. Mars is the brightest object above the north-western horizon.
   
Jupiter is low in the morning twilight and meets Venus and the thin crescent Moon on the 11th.
 
 Saturn is low in the morning twilight and meets Venus on the 6th. 
 
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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