Monday, May 03, 2021
Thursday May 6 to Thursday May 13
The New Moon is Wednesday, May 12. The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth, at this time., May 8 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:31am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise). Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the morning sky with the crescent Moon below Jupiter.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset). click to embiggen.
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
Mars is less than half a finger-width from Mebsuta, epsilon geminorum.
The eta Aquarids are debris from Halleys comet. the best time to see the eta Aquariid meteor shower between around 4 and 5 am, when Aquarius is fairly high above the horizon and the crescent Moon is low. You may see between a meteor every 3-4 minutes at this time. The radiant of the shower is about five hand-spans up from the eastern horizon, and three hand-spans to the left of due east at 4:30 am (see diagram above). More details and rate predictions for different cities here.
Venus is visible low in the twilight from around the 10th on.
Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. Mars is in Gemini. On the 6th Mars is just within binocular distance of the open cluster M35. You will need binoculars to see this as although M35 is technically unaided eye visible, low altitude makes the cluster too hard to see. On the 10th Mars is less than half a finger-width from Mebsuta, epsilon geminorum.
Jupiter is climbing higher in the morning sky forming a line with Saturn. On the 6th the crescent Moon forms a line with Saturn and 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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