Monday, October 18, 2021
Thursday October 21 to Thursday October 28
The Full Moon is Thursday, October 21. Three bright planets are seen in the early evening sky. Venus is readily visible in the early evening sky and is climbing the Scorpion. Venus is close to the globular cluster M19 on the 23rd. Saturn and Jupiter are visible in the evening sky with Jupiter dominating once Venus has set.
The Full Moon is Thursday, October 21. The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the earth, on the 25th.
The inset shows the telescopic view of Venus at this time, and the binocular view of Venus and M19. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
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 after sunset), click to embiggen.
Whole sky showing Jupiter, Saturn and Venus on Saturday October 23rd, 21:07 ACDST, 90 minutes after sunset (click to embiggen).
Elsewhere in Australia will see a similar planetary line up that the equivalent time (90 minutes after sunset).
Mercury is lost in the twilight.
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 over 3 hours 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 northern horizon. Venus is climbing the body of the Scorpion making a rather beautiful sight in the early evening. Venus is close to the globular cluster M19 on the 23rd, this is binocular or telescope only and the relativity dim M19 may be hard to make out with bright Venus nearby.
Jupiter is rising before sunset and is readily visible when the sky is fully dark. Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the sky. Jupiter was at Opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth on August 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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