Evening sky on October 4 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 40 minutes after sunset. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at equivalent local times. (click to embiggen).
The October edition of Southern Skywatch is up.
This month starts three bright planets in the evening sky still doing an entrancing planet dance. The line-up of the 6th of Venus, Saturn, Moon and Mars will be outstanding.
Mars is close to the Moon, on the 8th. Mars rattles around in the “lid” of the “teapot” early in the month, with its stand-out meeting with M22 on the 9th and 10th.
Saturn has a close encounter with the Moon on the 6th, and Venus on the 28th .
Venus climbs higher in the evening sky and comes close to some bright stars. It finishes off the month by shooting between Antares and Saturn on the 28th.
Mercury,is lost in the twlight.
Jupiter is too close to the Sun to see for most of the month, but on the 28th it is visible low in the morning skies not far from the crescent Moon.