Monday, April 27, 2020
Sky This Week - Thursday April 30 to Thursday May 7
The First Quarter Moon is Friday, May1 and the full Moon Thursday May 7.The Moon is at Perigee, when It is closest to the Earth, on May 6.
Venus is a distinct "crescent Moon" shape in even small telescopes. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia 60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen.
Three bright planets are dominating the morning skies. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are high in the morning sky.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia 90 minutes minutes before sunrise.
The eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks on the late evening/early morning of 6-7 May in Australia,
You should see a meteor every four minutes or so under dark skies.
Venus is prominent low above the western horizon in the early evening sky. Venus is seen up to 90 minutes after sunset and was be at greatest brilliance last week. Venus is leaving behind the beautiful Hyades cluster and closing in on the bright star Elnath (Beta Tauri).
Three bright planets grace the morning sky.
Mercury is lost in the twilight.
Mars is visible high in the morning sky below Jupiter and Saturn.
Jupiter climbs higher in the morning sky and now can be seen in the late evening sky. Jupiter and Saturn stay around a hand-span apart during the week.
Saturn climbs higher in the morning sky below Jupiter drawing away from Mars.
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 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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