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Tuesday, November 16, 2021


Thursday November 18 to Thursday November 25

The Full Moon is Friday, November 19.  This will be a twilight Lunar eclipse seen from the eastern and central states. Three bright planets are seen in the early evening sky. Venus is readily visible in the early evening sky in handle of the teapot of Sagittarius. Saturn and Jupiter are visible in the western evening sky with Jupiter dominating once Venus has set.

The Full Moon is Friday, November 19. The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the earth, on the 21st.

Evening sky on Saturday, November 20 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 21:44 ACDST (90 minutes after sunset).  Venus is in the handle of the "teapot" of Sagittarius forming a line with Saturn and Jupiter.

 The insets shows the telescopic views of Venus, Saturn and Jupiter at this time. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).


Whole sky showing Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and the Moon on Saturday, November 20, 21:44 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). 


Evening sky on November 19 looking east as seen from Sydney at 20:02 AEDST (left panel) and Adelaide at 20:31 ACDST, at civil twilight (right panel). The the moon will yellowish where not eclipsed and ashen in the eclipsed section.

This month’s Partial Lunar Eclipse is very difficult from Australia. The Moon rises eclipsed and the shadow slips off the Moon during twilight. Best seen from the east coast, the central states see the final parts of the eclipse in twilight and Western Australia see virtually nothing. Still will be interesting to see for eastern and central states though.






Eclipse starts




Moon rise




Mid eclipse




Civil twilight




End eclipse




  Mercury  is lost in the morning 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.  Venus is in the handle of the teapot of Sagittarius, forming a line with Saturn and Jupiter.

Mars is lost in the twilight.
Jupiter is rising before sunset and is readily visible when the sky is fully dark. Venus, 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. 
Saturn is rising well before sunset. Saturn was at opposition, when it is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on August 2nd. But it is still is an excellent time for telescopic observation.  
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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