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Monday, February 08, 2021

 

Thursday February 11 to Thursday February 18

The New Moon is Friday February 12. The bright planet Venus is low in the twilight morning skies.Venus is close to close to Jupiter and  the thin crescent Moon on  the 11th low in the twilight skies. On the 14th Venus, Jupiter and Mercury form a triangle low in the morning twilight. Dimming but still bright Mars now dominates the early evening skies and is close to the waxing Moon on the 18th.

The New Moon is Friday February 12. The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth, on the 18th.

Morning sky on Thursday,  February 11 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide  at 6:18 am ACDST (30 minutes before sunrise). Venus is getting lower to the horizon. The inset shows the approximate view through 10x50 binoculars.

You will need a level, unobstructed horizon to see this. 

 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.

Whole sky at 21:44 ACDST  (90 minutes after sunset), on
Saturday, February 13 as seen from 
Adelaide. With the Moon out of the way by the time it is fully dark in the evening, this is an excellent time to observe the constellations, particularly in the area between the Southern Cross and Canopus.

 

Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset). click to embiggen.


Evening sky at 21:37 ACDST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Thursday, February 18 facing north-west as seen from Adelaide. Mars is the brightest object above the north-western horizon, aside from the nearby Moon, with Uranus nearby.

 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.
 

Morning sky on Sunday,  February 14 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide  at 6:22am ACDST (30 minutes before sunrise). Venus is getting lower to the horizon. It is close to Jupiter with Mercury nearby. The trio will all fit in the field of view of 10x50 binoculars. Saturn is above the trio.

You will need a level, unobstructed horizon to see this and Mercury will only be visible in binoculars. 

 Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.


Mercury is low in the twilight.  It will climb higher and be more visible by the end of the week..

Venus is still visible low above the horizon in the morning. This is probably the last week o see Venus before it is lost in the twilight glow.  You will need a level, unobstructed horizon to see it.  Venus is close to Jupiter and the crescent Moon on the morning of the 11th. Then on the 14th, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury form a triangle. You will need a level, unobstructed horizon to see this and Mercury will only be visible in binoculars. 

Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. Mars is the brightest object above the north-western horizon as ide from the Moon. Mars is near the Moon on the18th
   
Jupiter is low in the morning twilight and meets Venus and the thin crescent Moon on the 11th.
 
 Saturn is climbing higher in the morning twilight and above Venus and Jupiter. Then on the 14th, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury form a triangle. You will need a level, unobstructed horizon to see this and Mercury will only be visible in binoculars.
 
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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