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Tuesday, July 13, 2021


Thursday July 15 to Thursday July 22

The First Quarter Moon is Saturday, July 17.  Mercury lowering in the morning sky. Venus is readily visible in the evening twilight and is leaving Mars behind as it approaches the bright star Regulus. Venus is closest to Regulus on the 22nd. Saturn and Jupiter are visible late in the evening sky.

The First Quarter Moon is Saturday, July 17. The Moon is at Perigee, when it is closest to Earth, on the 21st.

Evening sky on Saturday, July 17 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 22:00 pm ACST. Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the late evening sky

The insets shows the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at this time. Io is crossing the face of Jupiter.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time, click to embiggen.


Whole sky at 18:53 ACST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, July 17 as seen from Adelaide

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

Evening twilight sky on Wednesday, July 21 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 18:25 ACST (60 minutes after sunset). Venus is low above the horizon. Venus is close to the bright star Regulus with Mars below.

 Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
Morning twilight sky at 6:53 ACST (30 minutes before sunrise), on Saturday, July 17 facing east as seen from Adelaide. 
Mercury is visible low in the twilight.
 Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time  (30 minutes before sunrise)

Mercury is now low in the morning twilight this week, this week will be the last opportunity to spot the fleet planet this month.

Venus is visible in the late twilight.  I have been able to see Venus from 15 minutes after sunset and it is easily seen 60 minutes after sunset.  Venus has passed Mars and closes in on the bright star Regulus, being closest on the 22nd.

Mars is visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. Mars is being left behind by Venus after last weeks close approach.
Jupiter is now above the eastern horizon well before midnight. 
 Saturn is now rising well around 8pm. 
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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