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Thursday, October 20, 2011


Southern Skywatch October 2011 Edition Up

Evening sky looking west as seen from Adelaide at 8:00 pm local daylight saving time on Friday October 28 showing the Venus, Mercury and the Moon. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time. Click to embiggen.

The October edition of Southern Skywatch is now up.

Very late, sorry, sorry, sorry. A combination of still having no laptop and travelling with marginal internet access, then returning to heaps of urgent work.

Ironically, this time last year I wrote "Sorry, late again due to being on the road. What is the point of having a computer with WiFi capability if there is no WiFi (or internet) where I travel! At least I made my mum a nice desk." This time I helped mum clear out some old furniture and connected her to the internet, and then the ISP service provider I chose crashed for two days (Sigh). Even more ironically, I had almost finished this before I left.

Venus become more prominent in the evening sky late in the month. Mercury enters the evening sky and comes close to Venus. Daylight occultation of Mercury seen from Australia on the 28th. Mars comes leaves the Beehive cluster and comes close to Regulus. Jupiter is prominent in the evening sky, and is now a good telescopic object. Jupiter will be at opposition on the 29th.

Saturn is lost in the twilight.

Orionid meteor shower on the morning ot the 23rd.

Asteroid Vesta is visible in binoculars. Comet C/2009 P1 is visible in binoculars, comet Elenin has disintegrated.


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