Sunday, July 11, 2021
Venus Meets Mars and the Moon (12-13 July)
|Western evening twilight sky on Monday, July 12 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 18:20 ACST (60 minutes after sunset). Venus is low above the horizon. Venus is close to Mars and the thin crescent Moon. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).||Western evening twilight sky on Tuesday, July 13 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 18:20 ACST (60 minutes after sunset). Venus is low above the horizon. Venus is closest to Mars at this time and the pair form a triangle with the Moon and bright star Regulus. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).|
|Approximate binocular view
of Venus, Mars and crescent Moon on Monday 60 minutes after sunset (with higher power binoculars you may need to Juggle a bit to gt Mars and the edge of the Moon)||Approximate view
of Venus, and Mars on Monday 60 minutes after sunset simulated in Stellarium for a 12mm eyepiece and 6" Newtonian scope. |
The next few days the evening twilight will be graced with a delightful spectacle as the Moon visits the bright planets and a bright star.
On Monday July 12 there is a lineup of Venus, Mars and the thin Crescent Moon. Venus is visible from 10 minutes after sunset above the western horizon, but you will need to wait until an hour after sunset to see Mars clearly. the trio should just fit into the field of view of 1050 binoculars.If you have a level clear horizon like the sea or desert you should be ale to see them up to 90 minutes after sunset when the sky is fully dark (horizon murk permitting).
On Tuesday July 13 Venus, which has been approaching Mars over the past few weeks, is at at its closest to Mars. The pair can be seen together in medium power telescope eyepieces. The pair also form a triangle with the bright star Regulus and the Crescent Moon.