Monday, August 09, 2021
Thursday August 12 to Thursday August 19
The First Quarter Moon is Monday, August 16. This is a perigee First Quarter Moon with the moon at Perigee, when it is closest to the Earth, on the 17th.
Evening twilight sky on Thursday, August 19 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 18:43 ACST (60 minutes after sunset). Venus is high above the horizon with Mars and Mercury low on the horizon below.
The insets show the telescopic view of Venus and the binocular view of Mars and Mercury at this time.
Evening sky on Thursday, August 19 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 20:00 pm ACST. Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the evening sky. Jupiter is at Opposition, when it is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth.
Venus is visible in the early evening when the sky is fully dark. I have been able to see Venus from 10 minutes after sunset and it is easily seen up to 90 minutes after sunset, longer if you have a clear western horizon. When the sky is fully dark you can see Venus above the western horizon and bright Jupiter above the eastern horizon.
Mars is visible in the low above the north-western horizon in the evening twilight. Mars is close to Mercury on the 19th.
Jupiter is now above the eastern horizon around 7 pm. Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the sky. Jupiter is at Opposition, when it is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, and is excellent in even small telescopes.
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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