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Monday, April 05, 2021

 

ThursdayApril 8 to Thursday April 15

The New Moon is Monday, April 12. Saturn and Jupiter are readily visible in the morning sky. On the 6th The Moon, Saturn and Jupiter from a line, then on the 7th the crescent Moon is between Saturn and Jupiter finally on the 8th the thin crescent Moon is below Jupiter. Mercury is low in the dawn sky. On the 11th the thin crescent Moon and Mercury are close together low in the morning twilight. Dimming Mars is readily visible in the early evening skies between the tips of the horns of Taurus the Bull.

The New Moon is Monday, April 12.The moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth, on the 15th.

Morning sky on Thursday April 8 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide  at 5:10 am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise). Saturn and Jupiter form a line with the crescent Moon in the morning sky.
 
The insets shows the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at this time. 
 
 Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.
 

Morning sky on Sunday April 11 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide  at 6:10 am ACST (30 minutes before sunrise). Mercury is below the crescent Moon in the morning sky low in the twilight. 
 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.
 
 
Whole sky at 19:21 ACST  (90 minutes after
sunset), on Saturday, April 10 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 19:20 ACST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Tuesday, April 13  facing north-west as seen from Adelaide. Mars is between that stars that form the tips of the horns of Taurus the Bull.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.
 
 
Mercury is  slowly moving towards the horizon and will become even harder to see this week as it goes deeper into the twilight glow.  On the 11th it is below the thin crescent Moon low in the dawn twilight. You will need a level unobstructed horizon to see this.

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 near the Hyades is traveling down the horn of Taurus the Bull.On the 13th Mars is between that stars that form the tips of the horns of Taurus the Bull.
   
Jupiter is climbing higher in the morning twilight forming a line with Saturn and  Mercury. On the 8th the thin crescent Moon is below Jupiter.
 
 Saturn is climbing higher in the morning twilight and is easily seen above Jupiter .
 
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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