Monday, July 18, 2022
Thursday July 21 to Thursday July 28
The Last Quarter Moon is Thursday July 21. Four bright classical planets in a line in the morning sky, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Venus. The waning Moon is very close to Mars on the 22nd. The crescent Moon is between the Hyades and Pleiades on the 24th and the crescent Moon is close to Venus on the 26th/27th. Jupiter enters the evening sky.
The Last Quarter Moon is Thursday, July 21. The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth, on the 26th.
The waning Moon is close to Mars (the pair will still be seen together until close to civil twilight, 30 minutes before sunrise, but the distance between the Moon and Mars increases as the morning goes on.
The insets is the binocular view of Mars and the Moon at this time.
Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (click to embiggen).
Saturn forms a triangle with delta and gamma Capricornii, and Jupiter is just above the horizon.
The insets is the telescopic view of Saturn and Jupiter at the same magnification at this time.
Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time.
Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise).
Scorpius is prominent above the northern horizon with the teapot of Sagittarius below. From the Sting of the Scorpion through the teapot there is a wealth of binocular objects to discover.
Between the bright star Canopus and the Southern Cross are another wealth of binocular objects to discover.
Elsewhere in Australia will see a similar view at the equivalent time (90 minutes after sunset).
Mercury is lost in the twilight but will be visible above the western horizon low in the twilight next week.
Venus is lowering in the morning twilight. The crescent Moon is close to Venus on the 26th/27th.
Mars forms a line with Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus (and Uranus and Neptune). The waning Moon is very close to Mars on the 22nd.
Jupiter climbs higher in the morning twilight below Saturn and above Mars. Jupiter enters the evening sky low above the horizon.
Saturn climbs away from Mars, Jupiter, and Venus. Saturn forms a triangle with delta and gamma Capricornii.
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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