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Tuesday, March 15, 2022


Thursday March 17 to Thursday March 24

The Full Moon is Friday March 18.  The Earth is at equinox on the 21st. Mars is readily visible in the morning sky just above bright Venus. During the week the pair begin to drift apart. Saturn rises towards Venus as Mercury sinks towards the horizon.

The Full Moon is Friday March 18. The Earth is at equinox on the 21st, when the night and day are approximately equal lengths.

 Morning sky on Saturday March 19 as seen from Adelaide at 6:23 am ACDST (60 minutes before sunrise). Venus and Mars are high in the twilight, with Saturn heading towards Venus leaving Mercury behind.


 Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen). 

Whole sky on Saturday March 19, 20:53 ACDST, 90 minutes after sunset (click to embiggen). Orion, Taurus and the Pleiades can be seen above the northern horizon. Between the bright star Canopus and the Southern Cross are a wealth of binocular objects to discover. 


Elsewhere in Australia will see a similar view at the equivalent time (90 minutes after sunset).

Mercury  Mercury sinks towards the horizon.

Venus is high in the morning twilight and is moving away from Mars.

Mars is rising higher, forming a pair with Venus.
Jupiter is lost in the twilight.
Saturn  leaves Mercury behind and heads towards Venus
Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEDST, Western sky at 10 pm AEDST. 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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