Monday, October 17, 2022
Thursday October 20 to Thursday October 27
The New Moon is Tuesday, October 25. Two bright classical planets are visible in the early morning sky, Jupiter low in the west, and Mars to the north. Jupiter is now easy to see as brightest object in the evening sky aside from the Moon. Mars is between the bright stars Elnath and Zeta Taurii, the tips of the horns of the Bull. On the mornings of the 21st to the 23rd the Orionid meteor shower is visible.
The New Moon is Tuesday, October 25.
The Orionids are at their best between the 21st and 23rd of October. They can be seen from around 2 am until just before astronomical twilight. Rates of a meteor every 4 minutes should be seen from dark sky sites. The meteor showers radiant is indicated with a star burst.
Mars is rising around 11 :00 am non-daylight saving time (00:00 daylight saving time) but is best seen in the morning.
Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise. click to embiggen).
Saturn forms a line with iota, delta and gamma Capricornii with Jupiter below.
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 (90 minutes after sunset).
Scorpius is prominent above the western 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.
Elsewhere in Australia will see a similar view at the equivalent time (90 minutes after sunset).
Mercury is lost in the twilight.
Venus is lost in the twilight.
Mars is between the bright stars Elnath and Zeta Taurii, the tips of the horns of the Bull.
Jupiter climbs higher in the late evening sky was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 27th of September. Jupiter is visible all night.
Saturn forms a line with iota, delta and gamma Capricornii. Saturn was at opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on the 15th of August.
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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