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Monday, May 30, 2022


Thursday June 2 to Thursday June 9

The First Quarter Moon is Wednesday, June 8. Five bright planets are visible in a line in the morning sky by mid-week. Saturn, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury. Jupiter is climbing higher in the sky leaving Mars and Venus behind.  Uranus is a binocular object and is approached by Venus. Mercury is low in the morning twilight.

The First Quarter Moon is Wednesday, June 8.  The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth, on June 2.

 Morning sky on Saturday June 4 as seen from Adelaide at 6:17 am ACST (690 minutes before sunrise). Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury form a line (Uranus, Neptune and the Asteroid Vesta are in the line too, but all need at least binoculars to see) .

The insets show the telescopic appearance of the planets at this time. 



Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).

Whole sky on Saturday, June 4, 18:41 ACST, 90 minutes after sunset (click to embiggen). Orion can be seen just above the western horizon. As Orion sinks Scorpius rises above the Eastern horizon. Between the bright star Canopus and the Southern Cross are a wealth of binocular objects to discover.





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


Mercury is low in the morning twilight.

Venus is lowering in the morning twilight.

Mars forms a line with Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury. Mars leaves behind Jupiter.

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

Saturn climbs away from Mars, Jupiter, 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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