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Tuesday, April 12, 2022


Thursday April 14 to Thursday April 21

The Full Moon is Sunday, April 17. Mars is readily visible in the morning sky just above bright Venus and below Saturn. Over the week Saturn moves away from Mars. Jupiter is climbing higher in the twilight with Venus sinking to meet it. On the 17th Venus and the star ƛ Aquarii are very close together.

The Full Moon is Sunday, April 17. Perigee is Friday, April 20.

 Morning sky on Saturday April 16 as seen from Adelaide at 5:15 am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise). Venus and Mars form a line with Saturn. Jupiter is below Venus. The inset shows the telescopic view of Venus, Mars, and Saturn at this time.


 Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).


Whole sky on Saturday, April 16, 19:15 ACST, 90 minutes after sunset (click to embiggen). Orion can be seen above the western horizon. Between the bright star Canopus and the Southern Cross are a wealth of binocular objects to discover however the nearly Full  Moon will make the dimmer objects harder to see. 





 Elsewhere in Australia will see a similar view at the equivalent time (90 minutes after sunset). 


Mercury  is lost to view.

Venus is high in the morning twilight and is moving away from Mars. Venus forms a line with Mars and Saturn.

Mars is rising higher, forming a widening pair with Venus and Saturn.

Jupiter climbs higher in the morning twilight below Venus, Saturn and Mars. 

Saturn climbs away from Mars and Venus.

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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