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Tuesday, March 09, 2021

 

Thursday March 11 to Thursday March 18

The New Moon is Saturday March 13. Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury are visible in the morning. On the 11th the thin crescent Moon forms a triangle with Jupiter and Mercury. Dimming  Mars is readily visible in the early evening skies between the Pleiades and the Hyades and forms a second eye for Taurus the Bull. The asteroid Vesta is (just) visible to the unaided eye in Leo.

The New Moon is Saturday March 13.The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth, on the 18th.

Morning sky on Thursday,  March 11 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 6:13 am ACDST (60 minutes before sunrise). Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter form a line in the morning sky with the thin crescent Moon forming a triangle with Jupiter and Mercury. 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.
 
 
Whole sky at 21:13 ACDST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, March 13 as seen from 
Adelaide.

 

 

 

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


Evening sky at 20:55 ACDST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Thursday, March 18  facing north-west as seen from Adelaide. Mars is the brightest object aside from the Moon low above the north-western horizon.
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.
 
 
The North-east horizon as seen from Adelaide at 23:00 ACDST (10:00 pm non-daylight saving time) showing the location of Vesta (click to embiggen) on Saturday, March 13.
 
The inset shows the approximate binocular view at this time. 
 
Printable spotters maps of the opposition are here

 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time.

 
Mercury is brightening in the twilight and starts the week just below Jupiter.  As the week goes on it forms a line with Saturn and Jupiter. On the 11th the thin crescent Moon forms a triangle with Jupiter and Mercury.

Venus is lost in the twilight

Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. Mars is the brightest object low above the north-western horizon aside from the nearby Moon. Mars is between the Pleiades and the Hyades and forms a second eye for Taurus the Bull.
   
Jupiter is climbing higher in the morning twilight forming a line with Saturn and starts the week very close to Mercury. On the 11th the thin crescent Moon forms a triangle with Jupiter and Mercury.
 
 Saturn is climbing higher in the morning twilight and is above Mercury and Jupiter.
 
Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEDST, Western sky at 10 pm AEDST. 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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