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Tuesday, May 12, 2020


Sky This Week - Thursday May 14 to Thursday May 21

The last Quarter is Friday May 15. Venus is sinking lower in the evening twilight becoming harder to see. Mercury rises out of the twilight to meet it. Three bright planets are visible in the morning skies. Jupiter dominates the morning skies near Saturn and the pair are above Mars. Jupiter and Saturn are now rising before midnight. The Moon is close to Mars on the 15th and 18th

The last Quarter is Friday May 15.The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth, on the 18th.

Evening twilight at 17:44 ACST on Thursday, May 21 (30 minutes after sunset) looking west as seen from Adelaide. Venus is prominent low in the twilight with Mercury rising to meet it. The inset shows the telescopic view of Venus and Mercury.

Venus is a distinct "crescent Moon" shape in even small telescopes. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia 30 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen.

Evening sky at 23:00 ACST on Saturday, May 16 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Jupiter and Saturn are rising above the Eastern horizon.

Similar views will bee seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time, click to embiggen.

The inset shows the telescopic view of Jupiter at 23:00 ACST.

Morning sky on Friday, May 15 looking north-east as seen from Adelaide at 5:35 am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise).

The last Quarter Moon is close to Mars. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise)  click to embiggen.

Venus is still prominent in the twilight low above the western horizon but will soon disappear. Venus is seen up to 60 minutes after sunset.

Mercury returns to the evening sky in the twilight late this week, rising to meet Venus.

Three bright planets grace the morning sky.

 Mars is visible high in the morning sky below Jupiter and Saturn. On the 15th and 16 the waning Moon is close to Mars

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.It too is now visible inn the late evening skies.

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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