Monday, September 27, 2021
Thursday September 30 to Thursday October 7
The New Moon is Wednesday, October 6. Four bright planets are seen in the early evening sky. Venus and Mercury are readily visible in the early evening sky at the beginning of the week but Mercury is rapidly lost to view. Saturn and Jupiter are visible in the evening sky with Jupiter dominating once Venus has set.
The New Moon is Wednesday, October 6.
The inset shows the telescopic view of Venus and Mercury at this time. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
Evening sky on Saturday, October 2 showing the north-eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 19:45 pm ACST (90 minutes after sunset). Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the evening sky.
The insets shows the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at this time. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset).
Mercury is lowering in the twilight and will be difficult to see by the weeks end.
Venus is visible in the early evening when the sky is fully dark. I have been able to see Venus from just after sunset and it is easily seen over 2 hours 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 north-eastern horizon. Venus is below the head of the Scorpion making a rather beautiful sight in the early evening.
Jupiter is now rising before sunset and is readily visible when the sky is fully dark. Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the sky. Jupiter was at Opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth on August the 19th, and is still excellent in even small telescopes.
Printable PDF maps of the Western 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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