Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Thursday October 26 to Thursday November 2
The Full Moon is Sunday, October 29. There is a partial lunar eclipse really only visible in WA as the moon sets on the morning of the 29th. The Moon is at perigee, when it is closest to the earth, on the 26th.
Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent
local time (90 minutes after sunset).
Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (an hour before local midnight).
about 30 minutes later the moon will cover the brightest star of the Pleiades, Alcyone.
From Brisbane, Merope is covered at 00:30 AEST
From Melbourne, Merope is covered at 01:07 AEDST
From Perth, Atlas is covered at 23:10 AWST on the 30th.
From Darwin, the Moon grazes the outer edges of the Pleiades.
From the rest of Australia, the moon will have set before any significant amount of eclipse happens.
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 morning twilight.
Venus is high and furthest from the Sun on the 24th, it will now sink towards the horizon.
Mars is lost in the twilight.
Jupiter rises around astronomical twilight and is now well visible in the late evening sky. It is close to the Moon on the 29th.
Saturn is past opposition but is still bright and a worthwhile telescopic object.
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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