Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Thursday August 18 to Thursday August 25
The Last Quarter Moon is Friday, August 19. Four bright classical planets in a line in the morning sky, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and Venus. Mast is close to the Moon on the 19th - 20th. Venus is becoming harder to see in the twilight. Jupiter is now readily visible in the late evening sky below Saturn. Saturn was at opposition, when it is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, last week, but will be worthwhile viewing for may weeks to come. Mercury is easier to see in the evening twilight. The asteroid Vesta is at opposition and (just) visible to the unaided eye.
The Last Quarter Moon is Friday, August 19. The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth, on the 23rd.
The moon is close to Mars and in between the Pleiades and Hyades. Venus is lowering in the twilight
The insets are the telescopic views of Venus and Mars at the same magnification at this time.
Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (45 minutes before sunrise. click to embiggen).
Saturn forms a shallow triangle with delta and gamma Capricornii.
Vesta is at opposition and is just visible to the unaided eye between Saturn and Fomalhaut.
Jupiter is just above the horizon.
The insets are the telescopic views of Saturn and Jupiter at the same magnification at this time.
Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time.
Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset).
Scorpius is prominent above the northern horizon with the teapot of Sagittarius below. From the Sting of the Scorpion through the teapot there is a wealth of binocular objects to discover.
Between the bright star
Canopus and the Southern Cross are another wealth of binocular objects to
discover. However the waxing Moon will make these harder to see.
Elsewhere in Australia will see a similar view at the equivalent time (90 minutes after sunset).
Mercury is visible above the western horizon higher in the twilight.
Venus is lowering in the morning twilight.
Mars is close tothe Moon on the 19th and 20th, near the Pleiades and Hyades.
Jupiter climbs higher in the morning twilight below Saturn and above Mars. Jupiter becomes more visible in the evening sky low above the horizon.
Saturn climbs away from Mars, Jupiter, and Venus. Saturn forms a triangle with delta and gamma Capricornii. Saturn was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 15th.
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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