Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Thursday December 16 to Thursday December 23
The Full Moon is Sunday, December 19. This is an apogee, or "mini" Moon. The earth is at Solstice on the 22nd. Three bright planets are seen forming a line in the early evening sky. Venus forms a line with Saturn and Jupiter in the western evening sky. Venus is rapidly lowering in the sky. Late in the week Mercury joins the lineup low in the twilight. Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard may be visible from the 16th.
The Full Moon is Sunday, December 19. This is an apogee, or "mini" Moon, with apogee occurring on the 18th. The earth is at Solstice on the 22nd, when the day is longest.
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).
The insets shows the telescopic views of Venus, Saturn and Jupiter at this time. Venus is a distinct crescent now. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
in Australia will see a similar planetary line up that the equivalent
time (60 minutes after sunset).
Mercury returns to the evening 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 2 hours after sunset, longer if you have a clear western horizon. Venus forms a line with Saturn and Jupiter. It is now a distinct crescent in even small telescopes. venus is now heading rapidly towards the horizon.
Jupiter is readily visible in the western sky when the sky is fully dark. Venus, Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the sky. Jupiter is still excellent in even small telescopes, but the window of telescopic observation is closing as it sets earlier.
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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