Monday, October 25, 2021
Thursday October 28 to Thursday November 4
The Last Quarter Moon is Friday, October 29. Three bright planets are seen in the early evening sky. Venus is readily visible in the early evening sky, leaving the Scorpion and and entering Sagittarius. Venus is in binocular range of the Triffid nebula on the 4th. Saturn and Jupiter are visible in the evening sky with Jupiter
dominating once Venus has set.The shadow of Saturn on its rings are spectacular at this time.
The Last Quarter Moon is Friday, October 29.
Evening sky on Saturday, October 30 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 21:16 ACDST (90 minutes after sunset). Venus is close to the globular cluster M19.
The inset shows the telescopic view of Venus at this time. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
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.
Elsewhere in Australia will see a similar planetary line up that the equivalent time (90 minutes after sunset).
Mercury is lost in the twilight.
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 3 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 northern horizon. Venus is climbing the body of the Scorpion making a rather beautiful sight in the early evening. in binocular range of the Triffid nebula on the 4th, this is binocular only and the relativity dim Triffid nebula may be hard to make out with bright Venus nearby. On the 30th Venus will be at its greatest elongation from the Sun.
Jupiter is 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 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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