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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

 

Thursday February 18 to Thursday February 25

The First quarter Moon is Saturday February 20. The bright planet Venus is lost in the twilight but Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury are becoming more visible. On the 24th Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury form a triangle in the morning twilight. Dimming but still bright Mars is readily visible the early evening skies near the Pleiades and is close to the waxing Moon on the 18th and 19th.

The First quarter Moon is Saturday February 20. 

Morning sky on Wednesday,  February 24 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide  at 6:01 am ACDST (60 minutes before sunrise). Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter form a triangle in the morning sky.

 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.

 
 
 
 
Whole sky at 21:37 ACDST  (90 minutes after sunset), on
Saturday, February 20 as seen from 
Adelaide.The First Quarter Moon is under the Hyades.

 

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 19 facing north-west as seen from Adelaide. Mars is the brightest object low above the north-western horizon, aside from the nearby Moon, with Uranus nearby. Mars is drawing closer to the Pleiades cluster.
 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.


Mercury is climbing higher and brightening in the twilight and forms a triangle with Saturn and Jupiter by the end of the week.

Venus is lost in the twilight

Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. Mars is the brightest object low above the north-western horizon aside from the nearby Moon. Mars is near the Moon on the18 and 19th.
   
Jupiter is climbing higher in the morning twilight flowing a line with Saturn, later in the week brightening Mercury forms a triangle with the pair.This triangle remains for several days as Mercury heads towards Jupiter.
 
 Saturn is climbing higher in the morning twilight and above Mercury and Jupiter. Then on the 24th, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury form a obvious triangle which will persist for some days.
 
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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