Wednesday, January 02, 2019
The Sky This Week - Thursday January 3 to Thursday January 10
The Earth is at Perihelion on January 3, where it is closest to the Sun. The New Moon is Sunday, January 6. The Moon is at Apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth, on the 9th.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (45 minutes before sunrise)
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
During the holidays many people will be away from the city lights. This is a perfect time to observe our wonderful southern sky. This week the Moon is New so this is an excellent time to look at the wonderful clusters and nebula of our southern skies with the unaided eye or binoculars.
The Milky way stretches from the Southern cross in the south to the distinctive constellation of Orion and beyond. The Mily ways satellite dwarf galaxies, the Magellanic clouds, (between and below the bright stars Canopus and Achernar) are easily seen away from the city lights.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. Click to embiggen.
Venus climbs higher in the morning skies and Jupiter is heading towards it.
Mercury is low in the morning twilight and is near the Moon on the 4th.
Jupiter climbs higher in the morning sky heading towards Venus. On the 3rd the crescent Moon is close to Jupiter, on the 4th the crescent Moon is between Jupiter and Mercury.
Mars is in Pisces and is readily seen as the brightest object in the western evening sky. Mars sets after midnight.
Saturn is lost in the twilight.
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.
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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