Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Thursday December 30 to Thursday January 6
The New Moon is Monday, January 3. Occultation of Mars, morning January 1. Three bright planets are seen forming a line in the early evening twilight. These are Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter. The thin crescent Moon is between Mercury and Saturn on the 4th and between Saturn and Jupiter on the 5th. Then the crescent moon is then close to Jupiter on the 6th. Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard is visible in binoculars but fading.
The New Moon is Monday, January 3. The Moon is at Perigee, when it is closest to the Earth, on January 2.
Morning sky on January 1 looking east as seen from Adelaide
at 4:53 ACDST (60 minutes before sunrise). Mars is low in the twilight below the bright red star Antares and the Moon is just about to pass in front of Mars. Details for other sites are below.
Similar views will be seen from South-eastern Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
in Australia will see a similar view line up that the equivalent
time (90 minutes after sunset).
Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard as seen looking west
from Adelaide at January 1, 22:18 ACDST, 90 minutes after sunset (click to embiggen). The inset shows the approxinmate binoclar view of the comet at this time. Similar views will be seen in elsewhere in Australia 90 minutes after sunset.
Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) is is a nice little binocular object. It is currently in outburst and has even been reported to be (just) visible to the unaided eye. Whether it will remain bright is uncertain.
Mercury climbs higher in the evening twilight and forms a line with Saturn and Jupiter. The thin crescent Moon is between Mercury and Saturn on the 4th
Venus is lost in the twilight.
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Jupiter is readily visible in the western sky when the sky is fully dark. Mercury , Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the twilight sky. The crescent Moon is between Saturn and Jupiter on the 5th. Then the crescent moon is then close to Jupiter on the 6th.
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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