Sunday, June 16, 2019
The Sky This Week - Thursday June 20 to Thursday June 27
The last Quarter Moon is Tuesday June 25. The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth on the 23rd.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time, click to embiggen.
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
Venus is still bright low in the morning twilight.
Mercury climbs higher in the evening twilight, heading away from Mars, but is still best seen with a level, clear horizon.
Jupiter Jupiter was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 11th. However it is well worth observing for some time after opposition. It is visible all night long and is a good telescope target in the evening, being highest above the northern horizon around 11 pm. Amateurs with medium to large telescopes may want to monitor the "unravelling" of Jupiter's red spot.
Mars is in Gemini just below birther Mercury, during the week Mercury leaves Mars behind.
Saturn climbs higher in the evening sky but it still best for telescopic viewing in the early morning.
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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