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Monday, March 01, 2021

 

Thursday March 4 to Thursday March 11

The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday March 6. Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury are becoming more visible in the morning. On March 5 Jupiter and Mercy are at their closest. On the 11th the thin crescent Moon forms a triangle with Jupiter and Mercury. Dimming  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 Last Quarter Moon is Saturday March 6.

Morning sky on Saturday,  March 5 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide  at 6:10 am ACDST (60 minutes before sunrise). Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter form a line in the morning sky with Mercury at its closest to Jupiter. the inset shows the binocular view at this time.

 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.
 
Whole sky at 21:13 ACDST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, March 6 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.
 
Morning sky on Thursday,  March 11 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide  at 6:13 am ACDST (60 minutes before sunrise). Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter form a line in the morning sky with the thin crescent Moon forming a triangle with Jupiter and Mercury. 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.
 
 
 
Mercury is  brightening in the twilight and starts the week very close to Jupiter.  As the week goes on it forms a line with Saturn and Jupiter. The line is joined by the Moon on the 10th and on the 11th the thin crescent Moon forms a triangle with Jupiter and Mercury.

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 forming a line with Saturn and starts the week very close to Mercury. On the 11th the thin crescent Moon forms a triangle with Jupiter and Mercury.
 
 Saturn is climbing higher in the morning twilight and above Mercury and Jupiter. On the 10th the crescent Moon is close to Saturn.
 
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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