Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Thursday June 16 to Thursday June 23
The Last Quarter Moon is Tuesday, June 21. The Earth is at solstice, when the day is shortest, on the21st. The five bright classical planets are visible in a line in the morning sky, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Mercury. Also present but not visible to the unaided eye are the dwarf planet Pluto, asteroid Vesta, Neptune and Uranus. Mercury is at its highest on the 17th. The Moon climbs down the ladder of planets, being close to Saturn on the 19th and Jupiter on the 22nd.
The Last Quarter Moon is Tuesday, June 21. The Earth is at solstice, when the day is shortest, on the 21st.
Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury form a line (Uranus, Neptune and the Asteroid Vesta are in the line too, but all need at least binoculars to see).
Over the coming week the waning Moon will visit each of the bright planets and is close to Jupiter on the 22nd.
Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent
local time (90 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).
The evening sky on Saturday, June 18 at 23:00 ACST, Saturn forms a triangle with delta and gamma Capricornii, and is close to the waning Moon.
Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time.
Between the bright star Canopus and the Southern Cross are a wealth of binocular objects to discover.
Saturday and Sunday you may see a bright ISS pass around this time (bright dot above the northwest).
Elsewhere in Australia will see a similar view at the equivalent time (90 minutes after sunset).
Mercury is at its highest in the morning twilight.
Venus is lowering in the morning twilight.
Mars forms a line with Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury (and Uranus and Neptune).
Jupiter climbs higher in the morning twilight below Saturn and above Mars. Jupiter is visited by the Moon on the 22nd.
Saturn climbs away from Mars, Jupiter, and Venus. Saturn is visited by the Moon on the 18/19th.
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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