Sunday, October 10, 2021
International Observe the Moon Night, Saturday October 16, 2021
Elsewhere in Australia will see a similar planetary line up that the equivalent time (82 minutes after sunset). You will need a specific prediction for your site for the ISS (eg from Heavens above)
International Observe the Moon Night is on Saturday October 16. Although the moon is past last quarter, which is good for crater viewing, there is a lot to see with the unaided eye or binoculars. As well, on the 16th the waxing moon forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn.
For most of Australia there is a spectacular addition as the international space station shoots between Venus and the other planets in the late twilight. The time and exact location will be different for each site, so you will need a specific prediction for your site for the ISS (eg from Heavens above)
There are many ways to observe the Moon. Unaided eye, binoculars, telescope. No matter what approach you choose, it will be well worth it to go out and just look up.
|Average view of the Moon||Maximum libration on October 16, showing Mare Humboldtanium at the edge of the Moon (click to embiggen for a clearer view)|
In the week leading up to international
Observe the Moon night on the 16th the Moon is rather beautiful as it dances amongst the planets. On the 10th (tonight) Venus, the
crescent Moon and the bright star Antares from a triangle. The First
Quarter Moon forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn on the 13th and the
waxing Moon is close to Saturn on the 14th. Then the waxing Moon is
close to Jupiter on the 15th. On the 15th the waxing moon is close to
Jupiter and the pair fit into the FOV of 10x50 binoculars. So happy Moon viewing all!