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Monday, February 22, 2021

 

Thursday February 25 to Thursday March 4

The Full Moon is Saturday February 27. Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury are becoming more visible. Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury form a triangle in the morning twilight and over the week Mercury comes closer to Jupiter. Dimming but still bright Mars is readily visible the early evening skies within a binocular field of the Pleiades and is closest on March 4.. The asteroid Vesta is (just) visible to the unaided eye and is at opposition on March 4.

The Full Moon is Saturday February 27. The Moon is at Perigee, when it is closest to the Earth, on March 2. 

Morning sky on Satur
day,  February 27 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide  at 6:04 am ACDST (60 minutes before sunrise). Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter form a triangle in the morning sky. Over the week Mercury draws closer to Jupiter.

 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.
 
Whole sky at 21:23 ACDST  (90 minutes after sunset), on
Saturday, February 27 as seen from 
Adelaide.

 

 

 

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

Evening sky at 21:16 ACDST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Thursday, March 4  facing north-west as seen from Adelaide. Mars is the brightest object low above the north-western horizon, Mars is at its closest to the Pleiades cluster. The inset shows the approximate binocular view of Mars and the Pleiades
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.
 
 
The North-east horizon as seen from Adelaide at 23:00 ACDST (10:00 pm non-daylight saving time) showing the location of Vesta (click to embiggen) on Thursday, March 4.
 
The inset shows the approximate binocular view at this time. 
 
Printable spotters maps of the opposition are here

 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time.
 
 
Mercury is  brightening in the twilight and forms a triangle with Saturn and Jupiter. It is moving towards Jupiter and is close 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 within binocular range of the Pleiades and is closest on the 4th.
   
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 AEDST, Western sky at 10 pm AEDST. 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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