Tuesday, October 06, 2020
Thursday October 8 to Thursday October 15
The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday October 10. The bright planets Venus and Mars are visible in the early morning skies. Venus is below the bright star Regulus. On the 14th Venus is close to the crescent Moon. Four bright planets are (just) visible in evening sky. Brightening Mars is at opposition on the 14th making the sky stunning along with Jupiter and Saturn. This is the best opposition of Mars until 2033. Mercury is high in the evening twilight but soon gets lower.
The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday October 10.
Evening sky at 20:22 ACDST (60 minutes after sunset) on Saturday,
October 10 facing west as seen from Adelaide. Mercury is easily seen
above the Western horizon in the late twilight. Mercury is high in the
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.
Four bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Mercury Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. The insets show the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at the same magnification at this time.
Similar views will be seen
elsewhere at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset). click to embiggen.
The variable start Mira is still visible to the unaided eye.
The inset is the telescopic view of Venus at this time.
Mercury is lowering in the evening twilight but is still high this week.
Venus is below the bright star Regulus. It is close to the crescent Moon on the 14th.
Mars is visible in the morning sky to the north, It is now readily visible in the late evening sky but is still best after midnight. Mars is close to the brightening variable star Mira. Mars is at opposition, when it is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 14th. Observing details and more at the Mars Opposition site.
Jupiter can be readily seen in the early evening sky. Jupiter and Saturn stay around a hand-span apart during the week and the pair are prominent in the evening skies along with Mars. Jupiter was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on July the 14th, but is still an excellent sight.
Saturn too is visible in the early evening skies. Saturn was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on July the 21st, but is still an excellent sight.
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 the 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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