Monday, August 23, 2021
Thursday August 26 to Thursday September 2
The Last Quarter Moon is Monday, August 30. The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the earth, on the 30th.
Evening twilight sky on Saturday, August 28 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 18:49 ACST (60 minutes after sunset). Venus is high above the horizon with Mercury low on the horizon. Mercury, Venus and the bright star Spica from a line in the late evening twilight. Mercury is close to the star Beta Virginis.
The insets show the telescopic view of Venus at this time. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
Evening sky on Saturday, August 28 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 19:18 pm ACST (90 minutes after sunset). Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the evening sky. Jupiter was at Opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth on the 19th.
Venus is visible in the early evening when the sky is fully dark. I have been able to see Venus from just after sunset and it is easily seen up to 90 minutes after sunset, longer if you have a clear western horizon. When the sky is fully dark you can see Venus above the western horizon and bright Jupiter above the eastern horizon.
Mars is lost in the twilight.
Jupiter is now above the eastern horizon around 6 pm. Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the sky. Jupiter was at Opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth on the 19th, and is still excellent in even small telescopes.
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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